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Japanese tsunami debris washing up on our Coast

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UPDATED: Sunday, April 15, 2012 19:26
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Friday, April 13, 2012 5:49 AM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


Eeep!
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While most experts have said they don't expect debris from last year's Japanese tsunami to wash up on West Coast beaches for another year, some suspected flotsam has been found on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula, and a 150-foot Japanese fishing vessel is drifting about 120 nautical miles (about 138 statue miles) off Canada's Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Jerry Dean of Longview found several kinds of floats this month — a clear glass float and net, a yellow plastic float and several larger dark floats.

The fishing boat was the first major West Coast tsunami debris confirmed by Japanese officials, said a news release last week from Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

"And now, we've learned that larger debris could reach our coastlines sooner than expected. With some debris already moving toward the West Coast, we need more data and better science to track and respond to tsunami debris," the release said.

Japanese local officials confirmed that the boat had originated in Japan, she said.



The Japanese owner of the fishing boat, which drifted across the Pacific after getting washed away from its moorings by the tsunami does not want it back, a Japanese official said..

On its current trajectory and speed, the vessel won't make landfall for approximately 50 days, said Cantwell, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

"This discovery is further proof that the U.S. government needs a comprehensive plan for coordination and response to the tsunami debris. Coastal residents need to know who is in charge of tsunami debris response — and we need clearer answers now," the news release said.

Cantwell said residents "can't afford to wait until more tsunami debris washes ashore to understand its potential impact on Washington state's $10.8 billion coastal economy."

The Daily News of Longview reported this week (is.gd/uu0dUu) that Dean and friend Russ Bryant had also found four large light bulbs — some marked with Japanese writing — as well as assorted bottles and jars.

Earlier this year, large floats of the type used at Japanese oyster farms were found on the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is urging beachcombers to report unusual finds to marinedebris@noaa.gov.

After a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, an enormous amount of debris was washed out to sea.

One year later, very little is known about the composition or trajectory of the debris, other than it's moving toward the United States. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017852409_tsunamidebr
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What a mess!

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Friday, April 13, 2012 6:20 AM

ANTHONYT

Freedom is Important because People are Important


Hello,

That's some boat! Maybe someone will claim it as salvage.

--Anthony



Note to Self:
Raptor - women who want to control their reproductive processes are sluts.
Wulf - Niki is a stupid fucking bitch who should hurry up and die.
Never forget what these men are.
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Friday, April 13, 2012 6:27 AM

FREMDFIRMA



Actually I believe the Coast Guard sank that one...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/06/tsunami-ghost-ship-sunk-us

-F

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Friday, April 13, 2012 6:31 AM

ANTHONYT

Freedom is Important because People are Important


Hello,

Awww, too bad it couldn't be salvaged. That's a lot of metal right there, and whatever you made out of it would have the heart of a lion!

--Anthony


Note to Self:
Raptor - women who want to control their reproductive processes are sluts.
Wulf - Niki is a stupid fucking bitch who should hurry up and die.
Never forget what these men are.
“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” -Thomas Szasz

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Friday, April 13, 2012 7:04 AM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


Oops, sorry Frem...my story's probably out of date, I googled the issue but most of what I found was "preparations" for the debris to come ashore, or videos (I'm not big on posting videos except from YouTube)...finding anything recent wasn't worth the effort.

Speaking of YouTube:





My gawd, "the size of California"?? Oh, shit! Just found this, and it's today's...I guess we Crazy Californians are next!
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Japan Tsunami Debris May Soon Hit California Coast

At this very moment, up to 25 million tons of debris--occupying an area roughly the size of California--is a on a collision course for the North American west coast.
.....
"You're going to have the flotsam go four places," Ebbesmeyer explained to the the American Foreign Press. "Some is going to sink, which might be a quarter; some is going to come to North America, which might be a quarter; some is going to come around back to Japan, which might be a quarter, about six years later; some is going to go into the garbage patch, which might be a quarter roughly."
.....
"We don't know how much is floating, we don't know how much is buoyant, how much is under the surface, how much has broken up," EPA Regional Director Jared Blumenfeld told ABC-7 News, "but we do know there is a huge amount of it and stuff that you don't normally find. Cars, houses, telephone booths, I mean you name it." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/japan-tsunami-debris-may-hit-
ca-coast_n_1273478.html
, yuck...and what joy, the garbage patch gets a big chunk of it!
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The trash— which could include such things as refirgerators and televisions — got caught up in ocean currents and is moving toward what is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.



Gawd we're fouling up our poor little planet...



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Friday, April 13, 2012 8:11 AM

ANTHONYT

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Gawd we're fouling up our poor little planet...


Hello,

To be fair, in this particular instance, the Tsunami helped.

--Anthony



Note to Self:
Raptor - women who want to control their reproductive processes are sluts.
Wulf - Niki is a stupid fucking bitch who should hurry up and die.
Never forget what these men are.
“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” -Thomas Szasz

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Sunday, April 15, 2012 7:26 PM

RIONAEIRE

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Oh the Long Beach Pensinula, how I loved that little place. It was my stomping ground from age 13 to 21, our friends have a beach house there that my dad helped them build and would help fix things there so we got to go for free now and again. Jennifer and I were ready to catch lightning in a bottle, it was like we owned that town but the residents didn't know, it was one of our favorite places to be together. Then our friends had to rent their beachhouse out through a company because someone stupid passed a whacky ordinance about not renting out one's own beach house. So no Long Beach for me for several years, then they had a dispute with the company and withdrew, but still couldn't rent their house, we went once last year and the town had changed in the four years I hadn't been there. Plus Jennifer is married and lives far away now. The good news is that now the ordinance has been repealed so they can rent it themselves, meaning more people will be going there again but they'll be in charge of who those people are and when they're scheduled, meaning that they will need someone to do maintainance on the house, meaning we might have resecured our beach hideaway again if my dad fixes stuff to earn our keep. Here's to being able to share my girlhood haunt with my nephews and niece in their growing up years, hopefully.

But yeah, it will be interesting to see what debris washes up, I've always been into that sort of thing, one of my favorite movies, Ring of Bright Water, has a whole scene about flotsome brought in by the tide.

I assume you're my pal until you let me know otherwise.

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