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Japan: Tsunami Wreckage On the Way to West Coast

April 7, 2011

Listening to ABC GMA this morning and this caught my eye: wreckage from the tsunami that hit Japan last month is making its way across the Pacific Ocean and will land along the West Coast of the United States and Canada over the next couple years. Already ships and the Navy are stating large items are hazardous to boats and other maritime activities.

“All this debris will find a way to reach the West coast or stop in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” a swirling mass of concentrated marine litter in the Pacific Ocean, said Luca Centurioni, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

“The dispersion is pretty large, so it’s not like a straight shot from Tokyo to San Francisco,” said Centurioni, the principal investigator for the Global Drifter Program funded by NOAA. The program deploys about 900 satellite-tracked drifting buoys each year throughout the world to collect sea surface temperature and other data.

Source: Huffington Post story click here

Related online from ABC news, click here

Vancouver Sun reports: Debris generated by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is almost certain to follow the prevailing currents to Canada’s west coast — but it could take two years to arrive.

“I have no doubt that some Japanese debris will appear on the B.C. coast,” Howard Freeland, a research scientist at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney on Vancouver Island, said. “It is hard to imagine otherwise.”

Read entire article, click here

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