Floating debris from tsunami-hit Japan could reach US west coast


Leo Reyes
Digital Journal
April 3, 2011

The pristine beaches of the US west coast could become a dumping ground for flotsam or debris coming from the sunken vessels in the tsunami-hit northeastern Japan in one to three years.

Scientists say wind and ocean currents will push flotsam from its origin in Japan onto the shores of the US west coast. Most of these debris would come from cargoes of vessels or ships hit by the monster tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan last March 11, killing thousands of residents in the coastal areas.

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“I’m fascinated to see what actually makes it over here, compared to what might sink or biodegrade out there,” said Anderson, 57, a plumber and avid beachcomber who lives in the coastal town of Forks, Wash.

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