Friday, December 16, 2011
First tsumani debris washes up on West Coast of US
The first identifiable bit of debris has washed up on the West Coast from the March 11 tsunami in Japan. An oceanographer has identified a float the size of a 55-gallon drum. The same story indicates that several similar floats have washed up on Vancouver Island, BC.
The floats ride high in the water and can move rapidly along the surface pushed by prevailing winds. The heavier debris will move with ocean currents and arrive much later.
For the story and a picture, see First debris from Japanese earthquake/tsunami reaches Olympic Peninsula (Peninsula Daily News, 12/15/2011).