Title: Floating tsunami trash to be a decades-long headache
Date: March 11, 2013
[...] “In a single stroke, the tsunami dumped 3,200 times the amount of rubbish that Japan discharges annually into the Pacific,” said Robin des Bois, a French environmental group that is studying the problem. [...]
Sightings by passing vessels or fishermen, along with computer models, suggest the bulk of slower-moving debris is located north and east of Hawaii. [...]
“Most of the debris will follow the gyre,” eventually getting trapped in the centre of the vortex in the so-called Pacific Garbage Patch between Hawaii and California, [Simon Boxall of Britain's National Oceanographic Centre] said. [...]
Debris in the gyre’s northern part tends to split off and head towards the coastline of North America, said Boxall.
It means beach walkers are likely to encounter a disturbing but relentless flow of flotsam for years to come.
“Most of it is pretty harmless,” reassured Boxall, adding that any radioactive material from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant was “obviously” an exception. [...]
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Published: March 11th, 2013 at 8:18 am ET