Papua New Guinea is planning to move the 1,500 people of the Carteret or Kilinailau Island to another home as the rising sea moves up their coastline. Six islands form the almost circular Carteret atoll, which is about 10 miles in diameter. They?re sharing the fate of the Polynesians of Takuu, 105 miles to the east, whose community of 2,500 people is also sinking beneath the Pacific.
Carteret and Takuu lie at the intersection of two giant fault lines which routinely produce earthquakes of up to magnitudes seven and eight. While they seldom suffer damage to buildings from them since they are so small, the quakes are causing the islands themselves to sink.