tsunami debris

Japanese Tsunami debris
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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Japanese Tsunami debris
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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Japanese Tsunami debris
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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Japanese Tsunami debris
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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Japanese Tsunami debris
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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Japanese Tsunami debris
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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Japanese Tsunami Debris
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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Japanese Tsunami
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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Japanese tsunami
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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Japanese Tsunami
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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Japanese Tsunami
1:16 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Tsunami debris hits NW coast; poster tells how to deal with it

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's model for where the Japanese tsunami debris is located.

Debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami has in fact hit Northwest beaches, according to new modeling by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Washington state is putting up posters to help you decide what to do if you spot any.

The new model by NOAA shows where the debris is, not when the bulk of it will hit the shores. But, as has been reported, some debris has crossed the ocean. Last week, the Coast Guard sank a derelict Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Southeast Alaska. Also, glass and plastic floats have turned up.

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Japanese Tsunami
12:46 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Coast Guard watching sheen after sinking 'ghost ship'

Ryou-un Maru, the derelict fishing vessel sank at 6:15 pm in 6,000 feet of water. Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 1:35 pm

The Coast Guard is watching for fuel and debris from a derelict Japanese fishing vessel it sank off the coast of Southeast Alaska on Thursday.

Kip Wadlow is with the agency’s public affairs office. He says all that was spotted was a small sheen. But he expected that to dissipate quickly.

Wadlow says the Ryou-un Maru went down at 6:15 p.m. local time in about 6,000 feet of water.

"When the ship started to sink, the starboard quarter, or the right-back side, went in the water first. And then the ship just slowly rolled over and sank."

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Japanese tsunami
12:28 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Cantwell, Begich: Plan now for tsunami debris

With a derelict Japanese fishing boat floating off the coast of Canada, U.S. senators from Alaska and Washington state say the United States needs to hurry up and get ready for more debris from last year's Japanese tsunami.

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