Japanese Tsunami

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8:05 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Oregon Sets Out Dumpsters For Tsunami Debris Clean-up

Tsunami debris on Montague Island, Alaska. Photo courtesy of NOAA

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:22 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is putting out dumpsters at coastal parks for beachgoers to throw away tsunami debris. Governor John Kitzhaber announced Thursday he’s appointed an interagency team to coordinate efforts to dispose of materials washed up from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

A new hotline provides instruction and access to a quick response team for help with larger remains. National Guard General Mike Caldwell, heads the new taskforce.

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2:24 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Small dock washes ashore on Long Beach Peninsula, may be tsunami related

LONG BEACH, Wash. — The Pacific County sheriff's office says a small dock that washed ashore on the Long Beach Peninsula appears to be more tsunami debris.

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12:23 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Tsunami dock to be dismantled, removed

A piece of tsunami debris -- a dock that washed ashore near Newport -- will be dismantled and removed by a Vancouver, Wash. company. Photo by Oregon State Parks

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 5:32 pm

The days are numbered for the massive Japanese dock that washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month. The Oregon State Parks Department announced Tuesday that it's accepted a bid from a Vancouver, Washington salvage company to break apart the dock and remove it.

David Solomon of the Parks Department says the $84,000 demolition was cheaper than towing the dock to a new location. And he says wildlife experts were concerned that re-using the dock would make coastal waters vulnerable to invasive species.

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5:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Kayakers find possible Japanese house pieces; boat was from tsunami

As suspected, this boat discovered at Cape Disappointment State Park on Friday was from Japan.
The Associated Press

Kayakers surveying Washington state's most remote beaches for debris from last year's Japanese tsunami say they believe they have found part of a house.

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Japanese Tsunami debris
12:55 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Gregoire: Feds must help with tsunami debris on Washington beaches

This 20-foot, open boat was found beached Friday on Washington's Benson Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park festooned with hundreds of what state Fish and Wildlife officials said are gooseneck barnacles.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The Associated Press

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says federal help is needed to help clean up tsunami debris that reaches the West Coast.

She told a news conference Monday morning at Ocean Shores, "We don't have the resources at the state level to do what we're going to have to do here."

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Japanese tsunami debris
8:51 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Tsunami dock: Should it stay or should it go?

People are flocking to an Oregon beach to see a Japanese dock that floated across the Pacific after last year's tsunami. But state officials aren't interested in turning it into a tourist spot.

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1:09 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Tsunami debris foam littering Washington coast; basketball returned to Japan

OCEAN PARK, Wash. — It's not just fishing floats, derelict ships or docks that are washing ashore on Northwest beaches as debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan crosses the Pacific.

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6:58 am
Sun June 10, 2012

No decision yet on the fate of Japanese tsunami dock

A piece of tsunami debris -- a dock that washed ashore near Newport -- continues to draw onlookers. Photo by Oregon State Parks

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 6:48 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Parks officials are still weighing their options for the giant piece of tsunami debris that washed up on the Oregon coast this week. The Japanese dock continues to draw onlookers to the beach near Newport.

The state Parks and Recreation Department opened the removal project up for bid Friday. The agency’s Chris Havel says the proposals that come in will help determine whether the dock will be destroyed or reused.

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2:01 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Gawkers welcome, invasive species not, around tsunami dock

Workers scrape invasive species off of the derelict dock. Courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept."

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 12:32 pm

NEWPORT, Ore. – Park rangers and volunteers worked quickly Thursday to defuse an invasive species time bomb that washed up near Newport, Oregon. They scraped off and sterilized a huge boat dock that was set adrift by last year’s devastating tsunami in Japan.

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1:49 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Is Japanese Dock A Noah's Ark Or A Trojan Horse?

Among the creatures that survived the trans-Pacific trek aboard the Japanese dock was this sea star, which was found inside the float.
Jessica Miller flickr

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 3:59 pm

A bizarre event has drawn scientists to a beach in Oregon — a floating concrete dock from Japan has washed ashore. It had been ripped from its moorings by last year's tsunami and floated across the Pacific.

The dock is encrusted with mussels, barnacles and other marine life from Asia. Scientists are amazed these organisms survived the 14-month voyage, but they're also worried some of these organisms could become pests in U.S. waters.

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1:07 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Japanese dock suddenly makes tsunami debris threat real

In this photo provided by the Oregon Park and Recreations Department, an unidentified worker burns off debris from the Japanese dock float on Thursday.

When a massive concrete and metal dock – 66 feet long, seven feet tall, 19 feet wide and covered in alien species – hit an Oregon beach this week, the threat to the Northwest’s economy and environment from millions of tons of Japanese tsunami debris suddenly became more real.

Even with the haunting appearance of a Japanese ship floating off the coast of Alaska, reports of what we might expect to hit our coastlines centered mostly on plastics, soccer balls and even some human remains in running shoes – all of which carried more curiosity than alarm.

But then the dock just showed up on the beach one morning and now the threat of ships colliding with significant tsunami debris, and the invasive species that can hitch a ride from the coast of Japan on them, has officials significantly worried.

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10:14 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Japanese dock unmoored by tsunami washes ashore in Newport

The dock, which is debris from the Japanese tsunami, is seven feet tall, 19 feet wide and 66 feet long. A plaque attached to the top has Japanese writing on it.
Courtesy of Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation

The Japanese consulate has confirmed that the dock that washed ashore Tuesday at Agate Beach near Newport is debris from the March 2011 Tsunami in Japan. it was checked for radiation and results came back negative.

Now, Oregon officials have organized a group of volunteers to scrape off, bag up and dispose of the hundreds of millions of marine organisms that hitchhiked aboard a boxcar-sized dock that floated across the Pacific during last year's tsunami.

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8:53 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Oceanographer expects bones in Japanese tsunami debris

Feist, Michael Flickr

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — An oceanographer who tracks flotsam says West Coast beachcombers may find floating athletic shoes with human bones as more debris from the Japanese tsunami washes ashore. In a presentation Monday at a tsunami symposium in Port Angeles, Curt Ebbesmeyer told the audience he's expected 100 sneakers with bones in them.

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1:41 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Spy satellites used in search for tsunami debris

A personal message on this soccer ball confirmed it washed to sea from a Japanese school during the 2011 tsunami. The ball drifted ashore at Middleton Island, Alaska. By David Baxter.

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:55 pm

HONOLULU – Another piece of confirmed tsunami debris – part of a restaurant sign – has washed ashore in Alaska. But marine scientists can’t say how much other Japanese disaster debris is trailing behind. This problem surfaced at a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday. Researchers are now getting some access to spy satellite imagery.

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10:22 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Tsunami debris cleanup here depends mostly on you

This NOAA image shows the expected path of marine debris generated from last year's tsunami in Japan.

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 3:16 pm

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - The first items of debris swept into the Pacific Ocean by last year's big tsunami in Japan are turning up on the Northwest coast. More is out there drifting our way. The state of Washington hosted a meeting Wednesday to prepare local governments and beachgoers for what to do about this. Oregon held similar meetings last week. Here's the takeaway: tsunami debris pickup depends largely on you.

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