A house collapsed into the ocean from rising sea levels off the North Carolina coast.

The house that collapsed was in the town of Rodanthe, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Photo: Cape Hatteras National Seashore/Public Domain/Courtesy

Another beachfront house in North Carolina collapsed into the ocean, National Park Service officials said Wednesday, as the tides rise and with them the sea level rises and the coast is eroding.

The 5-bedroom cabin is at 24183 Ocean Drive in Rodanthe, just south of the Hatteras Island fishing pier, and was built in 1980, according to records cited by WAVY. It was previously listed as a vacation rental home with Surf or Sound Realty.

High tides in Rodanthe, where the house was located, they have been a little higher than normal in recent days due to the persistence of the wind on land. The waves are also scattering the remains of the house along the Outer Banks coastline, the National Park Service reported on Facebook.

This is not the first home in Rodanthe to fall due to rising sea levels off the North Carolina coast, according to local media. In 2012, a beach house damaged by Hurricane Sandy also collapsed into the ocean; another house was leveled in 2020, leaving a trail of debris along the shoreline.

Sea level rise is causing higher tides in areas of the US East Coastdue to climate change.

The National Park Service also said in 2020 that it planned to relocate Long Point Cabins to Cape Lookout National Seashore.which is south of Rodanthe, because they were increasingly overwhelmed by high tides and storm surge from hurricanes.

"The NPS cannot keep the Long Point cabins where they are now," the Park Service wrote on Facebook at the time. “Twenty years ago, there was more than 300' of beach and dunes between the cabins and high tide. Today, there are 48' of flat sand," according to CNN.

Due to the home collapse and associated debris, Park Service officials warned visitors to Cape Hatteras, which includes Rodanthe, to take care when walking on the beach or participating in recreational activities along the coasts between the towns of Rodanthe and Salvo.

The Park Service said rangers are working with county officials to clear debris and remove remains from the house.

Rising tides and sea level rise

While authorities have not determined the precise cause of the latest collapse at Rodanthe, scientists have shown the increasing risk facing coastal communities from rising sea levels, worsening erosion, and high-tide flooding.

Coastal communities in the northeastern United States have seen a significant increase in tidal flooding, including around Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis, Maryland.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has stated that by 2030, there will be 7 to 15 days of high-tide flooding nationwide. By 2050, the frequency increases from 25 to 75 days.

The sea level in this part of the North Carolina coast has risen about 3 inches since the early 1980s, according to NASA.

Coastal erosion costs about $500 million each year in the form of deteriorating structures and land lost due to rising sea levels.

Many coastal communities in the United States experience flooding from high tides on a regular basis.

Higher sea levels, caused by warmer water temperatures and melting glaciers and ice sheets, the dangers to which owners of coastal homes are exposed increase. Hurricane storm surge is on the rise, and homes and other critical infrastructure are now exposed to saltwater and erosion like they weren't a few decades ago.

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