Earthquake, tsunami debris heads to US

Posted on April 27, 2012


Debris from the massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami last year is heading for Alaska,

Marine debris on a Hawaii beach.

Hawaii, the U.S. West Coast and Canada, experts say.

The Japanese government has estimated about 70 percent of the debris sank, but CNN reported nobody’s certain how much of the remaining 1.5 million tons of debris is still floating in the Pacific Ocean.

Buoys, a soccer ball, an unmanned fishing trawler and other items that float on the surface and can be pushed by the wind have turned up.

Nancy Wallace, program director and division chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program, said models show the outer edge of the debris is at the West Coast and Alaska and most of the debris is north of Hawaii, moving east slowly.

Lynne Talley, a physical oceanographer with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, said the debris is now scattered over 4,000 miles in one direction and 1,000 miles in another area.

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