Japan helping US and Canada Dispose of Tsunami Debris

Japan has decided to offer 6 million dollars in total to the US and Canadian governments to help dispose of debris from the tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11th last year.

About 1.5 million tons of wreckage is believed to have been washed into the Pacific Ocean after the tsunami, and some of it has already reached the Pacific coast of North America.

It is estimated that more marine debris will wash ashore the Pacific coastline starting from October.

The Japanese government had been considering ways to cover a share of the costs of disposal as a way to return the support the US and Canada provided for victims of last year’s disaster in Japan.

But there are no international rules stipulating how countries should share the costs of disposing of marine debris whose origins are difficult to identify.


Debris from Japan’s 2011 Tsunami Reaches Alaska’s Shores

Residents of towns in the Alaska Panhandle have begun picking up plastic bottles, chunks of foam insulation and floating buoys from Japan’s 2011 tsunami.

“This is urethane spray building foam,” Chris Pallister, president of the conservation group Gulf of Alaska Keeper, said as he picked through trash on Montague Island, about 200 miles north of Juneau. “We just never got much of that before. But if you walk up and down this beach, you see big chunks.”

The foam comes from the walls of buildings that were smashed to splinters by the wall of water that slammed into Japan’s northeastern coast after the March 2011 earthquake that left nearly 16,000 known dead. The wreckage was swept out to sea when the wave receded and has drifted 4,000 miles across the northern Pacific in the 14 months since then.

Read the rest of the story: Flotsam from 2011 Japan tsunami reaches Alaska.

Motorcycle washed up in B.C. may be first Japanese tsunami debris to hit North America

A beachcomber on British Columbias Haida Gwaii islands has discovered what may be the first piece of debris from the Japanese tsunami to arrive in Canada.

Peter Mark was riding his ATV, exploring an isolated beach on Graham Island on April 18, when he made a spectacular find.

“You just never know what youre going to stumble upon when you go for a drive, and lo and behold you just come across something thats out of this world,” he said.

Mark found a large white cube, like the back part of a moving truck, just below the high tide mark.

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Debris from Japan tsunami to reach Hawaii spring 2012

It’s been more than five months since the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Many coastal areas in northern Japan were devastated and tons of debris washed into the ocean.

That debris is headed our way, but how much, and how long before we may see it?

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has created models as to how the debris will flow.

"We’ve used to project sort of the trajectory and estimated  time of arrival for some of this debris, again these are computers models. So, what’s really going to happen, and what that debris will be, how much it will be we really don’t know,” said Carey Morishige of NOAA.

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