Ice floes approaching Monbetsu, Hokkaido
NHK -- Jan 16
Japan's Coast Guard says one of its aircraft has confirmed that ice floes are approaching the coast of the country's northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido.

The announcement came on Friday after the aircraft completed the season's first observation mission for drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk.

The observation takes place every year to provide vessels with ice floe information.

The coast guard says plate-like ice floes more than 10 meters across and crushed ones about 2 meters or smaller were observed 90 kilometers off Monbetsu City.

News source: NHK
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