Tons of Earthquake-Tsunami Debris Headed For US Coastline

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Up to twenty million tons of Japan tsunami debris headed for Hawaii By Erin De Santiago, International Travel Examiner

After the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, millions of tons of debris were washed out to sea. Despite what many people think, not everything will disintegrate and fall to the ocean floor.

On October 24, the UK Daily Mail confirmed what many knew was inevitable – tsunami debris has been spotted and is making its way towards Hawaii.

A Russian training ship headed from Honolulu to Vladivostok spotted the debris last month after passing the Midway Islands. There were televisions, fridges, pieces of furniture, and even a 20-foot fishing boat from Fukushima amongst the items floating in the Pacific.

See photos of Japan earthquake debris making its way towards to the US coastline
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Scientists believe there is 5 – 20 million tons of debris, which could reach the U.S. West Coast within three years. It is moving faster than expected and may hit the Midway Islands by winter and Hawaii in less than two years.

Researchers at the University of Hawaii have been tracking the debris for almost six months and had prepared untested computer models of ocean currents to project the trajectory of the debris. The confirmation of its current location by the Russian training ship gives researchers support that their model works.

While the researchers don’t want to alarm people, they note it’s important to know this is coming as the debris can affect small ships and threaten coastlines.

Japan’s massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami left 20,000 dead or missing and damaged cooling systems at the Fukushima nuclear plant created the worst atomic disaster in the world since Chernobyl in 1986. The country is still struggling as the country attempts to rebuild damaged areas and tourists are slow to make their way back to Japan.

Erin De Santiago, International Travel Examiner
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  1. November 12, 2011 at 2:43 am

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