U.S. military base at Hilo to close due to coral bleaching

A U.s. military airbase in Hawaii’s Hilo will close after a coral bleached island.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday the Air Force Base at Hiko is closing for the next six months due to a coral problem that affects the island’s southern coast.

The closure is expected to affect more than a dozen military facilities, including the base at Fort Irwin in California, which is home to the U.N. mission in the Pacific.

The coral bleaches in Hiko have been linked to a major bleaching event at the base, which was recently upgraded from an operational level to a Marine Corps base.