Debris from Japan’s Tsunami: Some Helpful Info Courtesy of NOAA
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program has provided the public with a number of educational resources regarding ocean-borne wreckage from the Japanese tsunami that might reach U.S. shores. As a result of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, large amounts of debris were washed back into the ocean as the tsunami retreated. NOAA expects some portion of this material will reach U.S. and Canadian shores over a period of several years. Some debris has already arrived and, according to NOAA models, likely began to be washed up on the U.S. West coast during the winter of 2011-2012. Read more.
Graphic: NOAA Marine Debris Program