Japan’s Tsunami Debris Reaches U.S. Coast


japan-quake-tsunamiIt’s been nine months since a tsunami devastated Japan and killed more than 15,000 people. Debris from the disaster is washing ashore thousands of miles from the epicenter, in places you may not expect including right here in America.

Last week on the coast of Washington state, ninepolyethylene buoys that belonged to a Japanese oyster farmer surfaced. The debris traveled more than 4,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean to reach the West Coast.

Oceanographers say this will not be the last of the debris to wash ashore in the U.S. They say we can expect to see more debris off the coast of California and southern Alaska in the coming years. It’s estimated that 100 million tons of debris, including everything from car parts to furniture to and anything that floats could wash ashore.

Human body parts may also be found in the debris, kept afloat by athletic shoes. People who find the personal items are asked to contact authorities, so that they may try and return them to their proper owners.

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