Canada TV: Japan debris hits BC — Warned about radiation — “Never seen such a large quantity of debris” says resident — Moving much faster than expected — Estimated twice as big as Texas (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Published: December 16th, 2011 at 1:11 pm ET


Japan tsunami flotsam begins washing ashore in B.C., CTV Calgary, Dec. 16 2011:

Happening Now

  • Bottles, cans and lumber from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March began washing up on British Columbia shores this week
  • More than a year earlier than oceanographers had initially predicted
  • Began washing up in the Tofino area on Vancouver Island’s west coast earlier this week
  • Jean-Paul Froment, a longtime area resident, says he’s used to seeing things wash up on the beach, but has never seen such a large quantity of debris at once

More to Come

  • Flotsam now arriving in B.C. heralds a much larger cluster of debris on its way
  • It is moving much faster than expected

Amount of Debris

  • Estimated to be twice the size of Texas
  • About 2,700 kilometres east of Hawaii

Radiation Warning

  • He [?] warned cleanup crews and local officials should keep public safety in mind when handling and disposing of large objects
  • Possible they could still contain radioactive water

Debris 2,700 mi. east of Hawaii (SOURCE: CTV)

Vancouver Island Debris (SOURCE: CTV)

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Other recent reports:

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Watch the CTV video here

Published: December 16th, 2011 at 1:11 pm ET


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61 comments to Canada TV: Japan debris hits BC — Warned about radiation — “Never seen such a large quantity of debris” says resident — Moving much faster than expected — Estimated twice as big as Texas (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

  • tjharleycjmp

    Hopefully our friend at ‘connectingdots’ gets out that way with a geiger counter to measure some of that mung.

    ‘Stuff we like’ with TJ and Drewbie
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  • norbu norbu

    we are writing letters to all of the Mayors on the west coast to inform them of the garbage that is coming. We must act now or our coast is toast.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      @norbu, don’t you think the mayors of the west coast have been knowing for a long time the stuff is arriving? What do you expect them to do about it?
      They can only deal with it after it’s washed ashore.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Norbu, I’d like to coordinate with you on this. I just spoke with a local City Councilperson. She wasn’t aware of the debris coming, nor the threat of radioactive contamination eventually making its way around the globe on the Great Conveyor Belt.

      IMHO, no, I don’t think many of the mayors, city councils, and city managers, etc. know about this, yet. The Councilwoman sincerely thanked me, and asked me to contact the city manager and assistant manager with my concerns. She also said they were very open to learning of credible media reporting and scientific data.

      I just contacted the CA Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA, and left a message for the Director’s assistant. They have been aware of the issue for some time. I asked if they’d please call me and let me know of scientific reporting they’re aware of, and any action being taken/planning on the part of the state/federal govts.

      Think of it this way — the governments are made up of people. In cities and towns, they are probably mostly concerned with day to day operations of their localities. Larger cities’ governments may have a higher level of awareness, because they may be forced to by issues like dealing with port authorities when shipping lanes are blocked, etc.

      The federal government has remained more or less mum on the debris issue, AND on the radiation issue. So it’s fair to ask whether or not the federal govt. and federal agencies think they would benefit by having ocal, county, and state govts. asking too many questions & applying pressure. They might have to raise their standard of accountability, which I’ll assert they do not want to do.

      Maybe I’m wrong. This info. may to take a long time to trickle down to the level of local governments. IMHO, we will have to force the issue and get our local governments to start asking questions and putting pressure on the states and the feds, at a higher level than we are able to do. Just my opinion, FWIW

    • WindorSolarPlease

      I agree with BreadAndButter I believe that they know, and they can only deal with it once it comes ashore, but they should prepare and be ready for it.

      I do believe officials get memo’s and are informed over major things like this.
      If they don’t know, that only shows as officials they are not in tune to what is happening, and ignores the news. Last thing anyone wants is a clueless official.

      I also agree about informing them of the problem, so they don’t act dumb when it does come. Good idea to have proof that they were warned by the public.

      This also will let them know you are not going to put up with anyone trying to do as little as possible, and that you expect to hear of any plans that they may have.

      This time, I don’t think anyone can hide this under the carpet.
      This is also the time, officials should not act dumb.
      Get an aggressive plan to deal with mass of “toxic debris”.

  • norbu norbu

    3 weeks ago we went to the North coast, Shelter Cove, and took some video and a mass of pictures. Its clean and pristine. We want to keep that way. There is no garbage there now but that will change if we dont do something soon. Thank You Enenews. You are helping to save the World.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      O/T Action Alert — Is your city, county, state govt. working on a debris mitigation/cleanup plan?

      Hi Norbu,

      Shelter Cove is one of my favorite places. My family lived near there for many years, Any word of debris washing up on Nor Calif. beaches, yet?

      I just called the Mayor of a local city here, located in San Pablo Bay, to tell him about the Washington newspaper reports, and reports the debris is headed this way. Also mentioned they are advising people not to go on the beaches/near debris w/o a geiger counter.

      It would be a good idea if all of who are able, and live near coastal cities, can begin to inform our city and county governments. They need to know of the potential health risks, and possible disruptions to commerce, etc. I specifically asked if the Mayor knew of plans to coordinate with other cities, counties, and state & federal governments on some kind of plan. Am hoping he’ll call soon & advise me on whether he wants an informational e-mail with info. sources cited, and/or a presentation to the City Council. I live about one mile from San Pablo Bay (inland).

      If anyone who doesn’t live right on the coast wants to chime in and work to publicize the dangers posed by all this incoming debris and/or getting politcally mobilized, please do!

      In my area (near Suisun City, CA), we’ll be directly impacted, even if we don’t come into direct contact with the debris. The ocean tides extend very far inland, to at lesat Collinsville – close to where the Sacamento River joins the Delta. Suisun Bay and surrounds is the largest contiguous wetland area in the continental U.S., so it would be a ecological nightmare of unprecedented proportion if (when?) radioactive and other highly contaminated debris arrives here.

      Big wakeup call for us here on the West Coast! I don’t know how the Fuku Denialists can continue their dis-information campaign if TPTB and the media start telling people not to go to the beach w/o a geiger counter!

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    There is going to be an astronomical amount of trash headed our way. The most dangerous debris will be at the tail end of the debris where nuclear fuel could be riding the trash on its crash course with our west coast. In the next two months the bulk of this massive trash float will be here in force. The government will have to take action if they want to have a clean west coast.

  • norbu norbu

    @B&b thank you for the feedback, it is amazing to me how many people dont know anything about the debris coming from Japan. People are to rapped up in there Christmas shopping to think about it. Most think that, that was along time ago , that is nothing to worry about. It is sad.can I upload a video some how here of the coast? Thank you

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi norbu, I don’t know how to upload a video here, but I’d love to see your clip!
      Did you know that today there is more plastic than plancton in the world’s oceans? On Britain’s beaches, what looks to be sand, is in reality up to 20% finely ground plastic waste.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I know the debris coming from Japan right now is massive, but the problem exists for a long time: man using the oceans as a trash bin.
    Please watch this short snip from the excellent documentary “Message in the waves”: Plastic swallowed by albatrosses found on Hawaii. The whole movie is worth the watch, if you have the stomach.

    *no more plastic in my life

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Hi B&B,

      Is the link you posted where they show the tiny bits of plastic in the albatross’ stomach, and also in the guts of the tiny little fish? There is supposedly a 1+ MILLION SQUARE MILE area of plastic debris floating around in the Pacific gyre. Nat’l Geo had a feature article about it some years back.

      As much as I’m not a big fan of David de Mayer Rothschild, I’m glad he went out in the Plastiki to publicize this massive ocean contamination.

      I’d appreciate knowing about how you are ridding yourself of the plastic in your surroundings. It’s so hard NOT to get plastic packaging, unless you buy everything in bulk. It seems almost unavoidable. Maybe you could comment in the section where we talk about protecting ourselves from contamination.

      It might be appropriate there, since probably anything we can do to protect ourselves from environmental contamination is, at this point, a very good idea.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi HoTaters,

        You’ll find my answer & an inspiring link in the thread you suggested!

      • Siouxx Siouxx

        It’s actually quite easy to rid ones life of plastic and it’s quite a good idea from a health point of view too, as there is now a constant stream of research papers linking phthalates to a whole raft of disease, syndromes and allergy. The shop where we buy our food sells most of its goods in paper packaging and all the ‘raw materials’ from bulk containers which are fed into paper bags. At home we have never had a ‘dust bin’ (Council collected waste disposal goes straight to landfill). What we don’t eat and the chickens don’t eat gets composted, everything else we take to the recycling facility and that is very little. The problem is there is no commercial interest in stopping producing huge mounds of plastic waste, Governments and companies make money out of over-production. I always think it is such a paradox, that the whole specious argument for nuclear energy turns around industrial supply and consumer demand. Supply and demand for what? More stuff, produced in one corner of the world, carried to another and then quickly ending up in either landfill or strewn around the land, oceans, lakes and rivers. Perhaps this will be the plus side of the financial downturn, less demand for plastic and other unnecessary junk and hence energy and the final nail in the coffin for the nuclear industry.

  • norbu norbu

    I have seen this. thank you for the link will pass on. I have seen this personally when I was in Hawaii a few years ago. The big Island has a plastic beach. The Northern Islands are really bad. My stomach is strong, I was raised on a farm. I am clapping for you ” No more Plastic ” Bells and Whistles are going off….

  • goathead goathead

    It will be interesting to see what they do with the waste! How they collect it and how they process it, where it will end up etc! Will the proper authorities in fact warn those handling the rubbish of it’s true potential danger or will they ignore it in case there’s a public back lash after men in white suits are spotted all up and down the coastline!! After all, what would this kind of activity do for tourism and other coastal economies?? Reminds me of that fantastic film “JAWS”!! Total denial until its too bloody obvious!
    What will happen when this crap is recycled and ends up being sold back to the public in one form or another?

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Strange, huh? It’s like a backwards tsunami in super slow motion.
    Only that nobody comes back to life.

  • norbu norbu

    Admin, is there a way I can load a video from the North Coast here?


    • Ken31ONCA

      Try posting a link to it, or upload it to you tube then post the link, maybe if you make a post on here you can upload it

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    The video is actually quite a pain. Only yesterday the media warned to be careful and better not touch the rubble.
    Today, in the first video on the topic, the two stooges take it up barehanded and present it to the camera.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      HI B&B, would you please let us know which media sources were warning not to touch the rubble? I’d like to gather this kind of info. to present to public officials, at City Council meetings, and use for other political activism.


    • I notice the CTV report doesn’t mention that the debris itself will be radioactive. They only mention that any water it contains may be radioactive.

      I’m thinking mainly of kids picking this stuff up. The reports should make it clear that it is extremely dangerous and would normally be classified as highly contaminated nuclear waste and buried underground for hundreds of years.

      But, I know, the word ‘radioactive’ is hard to pronounce, especially for those who are trying their best to hide the fact.

      Time to put some yellow and black signage on the beaches. That’ll get a few people thinking.

      How about yellow-black radiation signs with written below it?

      Also, has anyone taken a geiger counter reading of the stuff yet?

  • norbu norbu

    a slow moving wave of death. The Animals can only wait they cant run. It is time to realize we are up the river with no paddle, and the boat is sinking but has no leaks.

    • bfly

      Norbu,These beaches of the north coast are the furthest west point in the united states. I wonder if that means the debris will arrive here first? So far I have not found any debris on the beaches… I Just did a patrol today.

  • or-well

    There’s A LOT of coastline where there is no one to clean it up.

    Look at a map. It’s a mighty big coast.

    I am left with a hope that the ocean currents concentrate the debris in as small an area as possible.

    The “expert” pronouncements were no better
    on this than on anything else and that may have delayed some communities preparations.

    For those who’ve seen the area it’s very sad. 🙁

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    The person on the scene who is reporting this, Jean-Paul Froment, is owner of the local surf shop, I believe. You can find him easily on the Net, call him and exchange views (if he’s willing).

  • lam335 lam335

    The video on the linked page doesn’t say a word about the debris possibly being radioactive, and the article posted there only mentions it is passing in the very last sentence.

  • jec jec

    The danger of radiation filled debris is chilling. Remember the death of sea wildlife in the north Pacific and Alaskan islands, which tested negative for virus, bacteria and fungus infections? Or at least–or so far have. The seals died with hair loss, skin lesion, sores in their mouths, etc.US government, NOAA, says, because no determination of cause of death can be made, they have sent off samples to test–and will test for radioactivity. Wonder how soon or when someone will release the results. IF its due to radioactivity then the Japanese tsumani debris will have similar danger to people..
    Aside from debris, the ocean clean up is going to be terrible and costly to do, and the damage extreme to the environment already. While the tsumani debris is a natural disaster..can not say the same for the radiation…its a man-made eco-killer.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    b&b, “backwards tsunami” is here to stay.

    Does the rich and powerful West Coast technology industry really approve of all of this radiation washing up on our shoes and into our lungs? They should be able to add 2+2. Do they all only care about selling product, and not their children’s fingers in the sand? What about Hollywood? They are not usually so quiet. California is the 5th major economy in the world alone, with hundreds of universities, and there is only deafening silence.

    Maybe this visible debris will help to reveal the invisible fallout, but I shouldn’t hold my breadth.

    • nohobear nohobear

      Good point about Hollywood. The silence has been deafening. I wonder if radioactive flotsam that washes up in Malibu will get some celebrities to finally give a shit and speak out against nuclear reactors.

    • I think both Hollywood and the universities on the West Coast are all working for the man.

  • God

    It’ll be nice walking down the beach with my family, enjoying nature, as dead body parts wash up and all kinds of radioactive water, and other pollution splash up on our rolled up jeans.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Since we are damaging the environment. Eventually the people will be stuck in their radiation protected basement homes taking virtual walks on the beach with their computer.

  • Noah

    Surfing Among Fukushima Debris

    Serious thinking and discussion is going on in the surf community in Hawaii and along the west coast of CONUS.

    Question: How to surf in the Radioactive Fukushima Floating Debris?

    With telephone poles, lumber, houses, washing machines, etc. mixed with six to twelve foot waves makes for narly conditions. Some have suggested wearing helmets and light kevlar body armor to soften impacts with floating and submerged hazards.

    Some have suggested surfing naked to prevent radiation from contaminating surf shorts and rash guards. Being naked makes for easy decon under beach showers.

    Others have taken the position that quiting their day jobs and surfing full time from now till the debris hit the shoreline is the only option. Get a lifetime of surf in now while you still can, then move to other surf locations in the southern hemisphere.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    I love surfers…of course they come up with surfing naked as the appropriate response.

    Have you seen this? Check out the sky.

    • Thanks NoNukes.

      Their lives changed in 10 minutes. The same could happen to us. Or, it is happening. It has happened. No more singing in the rain. The other song will have to be changed to “Fallout keeps falling on my head.” No more fish. No more mushrooms. No more beachcombing.

      I like the tagline at the end:

      “This should never happen again.”

      Of course, it will happen again.

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Pu239, we should have left when they did. We are getting closer to departure, but now I wonder how much strontium in our bones, cesium in our hearts, and plutonium in our lungs (etc.) we will be bringing with us when we go. Those surfers were smarter than I was, not waiting around for data.

  • Kevin Kevin

    I love Tofino……. Guess I wont be going this year…

    However, as expected, those of us who have followed this story and site since day one have noticed that Canada is complete denial about Fukushima and its impact on our coast.

    Todays Victoria Times Colonist, the paper of record for Vancouver Island headline reads “Items washed up at Tofino unlikely to be from Tsunami says Expert”

    LOL – Apparently its just garbage thrown off freighters, those Japanese are bad with the ocean litter as you know….

    • or-well

      Canadian media silence has been one of the most stunning secondary aspects of all this for me.

      Even worse than US media.

      We’d hear more ,if there was a link between Fukushima and hockey, or the “royals”.

  • James2

    Personally I think the debris on the beaches story and the radiation story are separate.

    The debris might contain some radioactive fallout, but i assume it won’t be any more than has been deposited on the West Coast beaches already.

    As far as bodies and body parts – I suspect there won’t be much left of them after 9 months.

    It’ll probably be a massive garbage cleanup, with maybe a few bits of gold, silver and plutonium mixed in.

    • James, all that debris was floating just off the coast of Japan during meltdown and some of it or maybe all of it got dusted with fall out. Not radioactive water but fall out on rubbish is what I’m thinking. No way of knowing without running a geiger counter over every pop bottle and stick of wood. Do you think that will happen?
      Local officials are just people like us. No wait not like us they aren’t reading enenews. Small story on local radio, Fukushima reactor not emmitting radiation, like everythings fixed. People are not aware.

      • James2

        True it could have gotten fallout on it.

        However to say it’s definitely going to be radioactive is probably an exaggeration.

        I don’t think any of it was close enough when #3 blew to have chunks of plutonium on it.

        I guess I’m assuming most of it has been washed completely under the water many times, so dust would not be “sitting on top” of it. I suppose I’m wrong, but I don’t see entire houses washing up intact, like we saw them being washed away. More like what something would be like after being in a washing machine for 9 months.

    • Bobby1

      The biohazard threat from washed-away hospitals and medical labs, as well as rotting corpses, is probably worse than the radiation threat. But we don’t need any more radiation, and our weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to the bacteria and viruses because of it.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Any volunteers?

    Most tsunami debris must be removed from the ocean by hand
    By Joshua Kinne

    How do you remove from the ocean more than 100,000 tons of Japanese tsunami debris heading for Northwest shores? By hand, says one expert.

    “When you’re talking about open ocean … It’s a very big ocean,” says Andrea Neal, an experienced ocean cleaner. “There isn’t a whole lot being done in the open ocean.”…

    …The debris field also might contain hazardous chemicals, human pathogens, pre-1970’s sludge waste and researchers aren’t ruling out that the debris could be radioactive. These chemicals, pathogens or even radiation make it dangerous for workers to clean, which means cleaning it by hand is very difficult.

    “This is going to require a very specialized approach,” says Neal, who is the President of Blue Ocean Science and a consultant for Project Kaisei. “To be honest, we don’t really know how much and we don’t really know the types of debris that are going to show up on our coastlines.”….

  • Jebus Jebus

    Not one mention of radiation at this hearing. Just recycle!

    House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Hearing; “Marine Debris Act Reauthorization Amendments of 2011”; Testimony by Rep. Farr, Sam – (D-CA)

    …The issue of marine debris is critical now more than ever due to the tragic tsunami that occurred off of the coast of Japan in March 2011. According to recent estimates, between 5 and 20 million tons of debris resulting from the tsunami is floating across the Pacific Ocean. Models developed by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to track and predict the movement of this debris suggest that it could wash up on the shores of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands by this winter and the west coast of the United States by 2013….

  • Jebus Jebus

    Another “expert” weighs in…

    Items washed up in Tofino unlikely to be from tsunami, expert says
    By Kim Westad, December 16, 2011

    Plastic bottles and chunks of wood with Japanese script on them are washing up on Tofino beaches, but experts say the items are likely from garbage tossed off freighters, not debris making its way across the Pacific Ocean after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

    “I can’t verify that any of those bottles or pieces of wood are from the tsunami,” said Seattle-based oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who has been tracking flotsam since 1970. “You can’t really trace those. There are a lot of fishermen working on Japanese freighters in the middle of the Pacific and they may throw garbage overboard.”

    Several plastic and glass bottles have washed up in Tofino since the beginning of December with Japanese writing on them. Many in the surfing and tourism community on Vancouver Island’s west coast believe it is the beginning of the debris field arriving….

    ….Lighter debris, such as a buoy, would arrive first out of the tsunami debris because it is lighter and sits partially above the water. It could travel about 32 kilometres a day, Ebbesmeyer said, while heavier objects move about 11 kilometres a day. He urged anyone who finds debris suspected to come from the tsunami to take photos of it and send them to him through

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      I’m more inclined to believe this non-tsunami version actually. Official sources probably are tracking the main mass of debris and I’d guess they’d have no reason to spin the timing issue when it is so easily investigated (unlike colorless odorless invisible radiation, for instance).

      The person who reported the arrival of the debris may or may not have been a canary in the coal mine, but it was just one citizen’s report. Hmmmn – it’s not very often I find myself siding with “the authorities” these days.

      When I lived on that coast people were always finding flotsam from Japan. Many people treasured glass fishing floats “all the way from Japan” before the industry switched to plastic floats.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      I wish he hadn’t said “fishermen working on Japanese freighters”. That doesn’t help with credibility.

  • americancommntr

    Watch, it’ll probably clog a nuclear plant cooling intake somewhere.

  • Just did a scan of the beach near here (Vancouver Island, near Victoria, B.C., Saanich inlet).

    No debris but the entire bay is clogged with jellyfish.

    Something ain’t right. Never, ever, seen it like this.

    Ocean warming causes jellyfish to swarm northern waters

    Question: Can radionuclide pollution cause a temporary super-warming of the ocean?

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      I have seen that bay clogged with jellyfish most years between about 1980 and 2000, but I was only there in the summer seasons.

      Sometimes at Tod Inlet it looked like you could walk to shore on them.

      Would the Sidney weather station have useful data regarding your warming issues?

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Ocean warming = climate change, Pu.

    • Bobby1

      The reason there is a large amount of radionuclides in the jet stream is that they release heat, which makes them rise in the air. This was totally unexpected, there was supposed to be only a small amount in the jet stream.

      Thus global warming (to some unknown degree) is occurring due to radiation.

      If it can happen in the atmosphere, it could happen in the ocean too.

  • Anthony Anthony

    New evidence suggests the spent fuel was not to blame for the explosion, which helped spread radiation over a large swath of northern and eastern Japan. Still, Fukushima, which held 40 years of spent fuel waste, has brought the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle into sharp relief.

    At the end of 2009, there were about 240,000 tonnes of spent civilian fuel worldwide, most of it at reactor sites. In Canada, 60 years of splitting atoms to make electricity and medicine, and drive innovation has created 44,000 tonnes of intensely radioactive waste, a stockpile second in size only to that of the U.S.

    About 90 per cent of it is submerged in storage pools, where it remains, on average, for seven to 10 years until it’s cool enough to be moved to dry storage or other “interim” containment. As the world struggles to find a way to permanently dispose of it, some has been “temporarily” stored for as long six decades.

    About 2.3 million used fuel bundles are in temporary storage at reactor sites in Canada, primarily in Ontario, while the industry and federal government advance at a glacial pace toward what is now seen as the best permanent solution — entombing them for eternity in a deep geological repository.

  • Remembered seeing this article around the end of March, took some doing to dig it up again:

    “Eugene area beaches dirty with post-Tsunami junk, hurting dogs and others

    Ed note: Even though this article was written in late March it’s still relevant since we will be dealing with the post-Tsunami radioactive junk for awhile…

    March 25th, 2011

    NEWPORT, Ore. – A series of dry, sluggish barks carried across the sand dunes and hills here at Newport’s famed beachfront Wednesday where “buggers,” a schnauzer puppy is reported to be ill with unknown causes; while, at the same time, other local pet owners fear their dogs – that sniff and eat various beach stuff that intrigues them while foraging around for bones and other objects – are possibly suffering the same fate at three nuclear power workers at Fukushima, Japan, who’ve been exposed to high levels of radiation, stated Japan’s nuclear safety agency on Friday.

    The schnauzer puppy named “buggers,” and several other Newport dogs who frequent the local beach that’s still littered with decaying sea life, building bits and pieces — thought to be from Japan’s recent quake that triggered massive Tsunami waves that hit Newport and other West coast beaches – are reported to be “very ill” by their owners who’ve queried local health officials about the safety of taking pets for their usual walks along the beach.”