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Rising Sea Levels Unearth Remains of WWII Japan Soldiers In Pacific

Update Date: Jun 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT

Climate change is revealing some of the strangest thing on the Earth, and the latest in the series are the remains of world war II soldiers. 

The skeletal remains of Japanese soldiers have been exposed on a remote Pacific Island, a Japanese official said. 

The bodies of around 20 men emerged from the earth at a small coastal cemetery after the action of the ocean on the Marshall Islands. The island has been declared vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by climate change. 

"The government of the Marshall Islands has informed us that remains of about 20 human bodies have been exposed on the seashore of Enniburr island," said a Japanese official, referring to one of the small islands that forms part of the Pacific nation, according to Discovery News. 

"The remains, believed to be those of Japanese soldiers, surfaced after waves eroded a cemetery built on the seashore, according to the Marshall Islands government," he said.

"If they are remains of Japanese soldiers, it would be a rare case of waves eroding the seashore to expose them."

Japan took charge of the Marshall Islands from 1914 until the final stages of war, when they were captured by the United States. It was made independent in 1986 but a part of it is still controlled by the U.S. military. 

"Japan will probably send a research team for the exposed human remains, but no concrete plan has been made yet since it is under the management of the U.S. military," he added.

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