Sunday December 17th 2017

Japan Tsunami Debris to Hit California this Winter

Free News Press – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that debris from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan will hit the west coast of the United States this winter.

The forecasters say there is still a large amount of uncertainty over exactly what is still floating, where it’s located, and where it will go. There is also a wide window for when the debris will arrive, however the time-frame is this winter.

Other agencies are preparing for the possible onslaught. The NOAA researchers are working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other partners to “coordinate data collection activities”.

The earthquake, also known as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake or the Great Japan Earthquake, stuck off the eastern seaboard of Japan on March 11th of this year. It is believed to be the most powerful earthquake to ever strike Japan.

Most of the destruction occurred when the ensuing tsunami engulfed the north-east portion of the island. When the tsunami receded, it took with it plastic, wood and fragments of buildings, homes, and cars.

Some of the debris may have sunk off the shore of Japan; however scientists are investigating whether some what remains has made it to the United States.

“We’re preparing for the best and worst case scenarios — and everything in between,” said Nancy Wallace, director for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program.

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