A house in the 6th street of North Carolina’s Outer Banks has collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean.

Another house has crumbled into the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of North Carolina. This marks the sixth house to succumb to erosion along the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the past four years. The U.S. National Park Service officials have reported the alarming incident.

A section of the beach along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe, Outer Banks, was closed following a collapse on Tuesday. To ensure visitor safety, the national seashore advised against accessing the beaches from Sea Haven Drive to the southern area of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. It is possible that hazardous debris could be present both on the beach and in the water while the cleanup efforts are underway.

National seashore employees transported numerous truckloads of debris to a nearby parking lot on Tuesday. The following day, the public was encouraged to join the employees and a contractor hired by the homeowner to assist in the cleanup efforts. It is worth noting that the house was unoccupied at the time of its collapse.

North Carolina’s coastline consists primarily of slender, low-lying barrier islands, which are becoming more susceptible to storm surges and the risk of being eroded by both the bay and the ocean due to global warming. With the rising sea levels, these islands tend to shift closer to the mainland, posing challenges for initiatives aimed at preserving properties in their original positions.

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