Japanese tsunami debris has been surfacing on US shores, most notably with the appearance of a whole entire freaking dock in Oregon earlier this week.
It’s been a bit more than a year since the devastating Japanese tsunami, and debris from the catastrophic and deadly event has made its way over to the Pacific coast “ahead of schedule,” according to one lawmaker quoted by NPR.
Japanese tsunami debris was expected to begin washing ashore in western coastal states in or about March 2013, so the appearance of debris (particularly large items like a dock) is a bit worrisome.
A spokesman for Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden spoke about the Japanese tsunami debris appearing in the state this week, saying:
“This stuff is coming a lot faster than we thought it was… It’s starting and at least nine months ahead of schedule as far as I can tell.”
Colleen Bednarz of Save Our Shores, a non-profit organization in Santa Cruz, California, spoke of risk posed by Japanese tsunami debris making its way to beaches in Alaska, Canada, Oregon and California.
Bednarz explains that it is important to be aware of the Japanese tsunami debris situation:
“There are really large items that could be washing ashore aside from boats… There literally could be a dock washing ashore so you can image an item that big could pose risks to safety.”
Bednarz says of California’s Save Our Shores:
“We are definitely going to be keeping a close eye on the debris that is washing into shore.”
She explains that the organization will be tracking the appearance of Japanese tsunami debris as it does shore cleanups over the next few years.