Korea Strait

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The Korea Strait is a sea passage between the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan (in Korea also known as the South Sea and the East Sea respectively). To the north, it is bounded by the south coast of the Korean peninsula, to the south by the Japanese islands of Kyushu and Honshu. The strait has a depth of about 90 metres and is split by the Tsushima Islands. While the eastern channel of the Korea Strait is also referred to as Tsushima Strait, the western Channel is simply refered as the Korea Strait.

Both Korea and Japan have restricted their territorial claims in the strait to 3 nautical miles from shore, so as not to permit free passage through it. Template:Ref

A branch of the Kuroshio (Japan Current) passes through the strait. It is the warm branch called Tsushima Current. Originating along the Japanese islands this currents eventually flows into the Pacific and the Sea of Okhotsk near Sakhalin.

The Korean Strait was the location where in 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War, the Japanese fleet annihilated their Russian counterpart. This key battle is often referred to as the Battle of Tsushima. In Japan, it is called the "Sea of Japan naval battle.".

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