CBS: Giant piece of tsunami debris near Hawaii — Fishermen concerned about nuclear contamination (VIDEO)

Published: September 21st, 2012 at 9:09 pm ET


Title: Tsunami debris: 30 ft. dock washes up near Hawaii
Source: CBS News via KGMB
Date: Sept 21, 2012

Yesterday […] it was about 15 miles north of Molokai […] the fisherman thinks it will hit around Kahuku sometime Friday evening which had Oahu fisherman concerned

  • Dock estimated to be 30 feet by 50 feet
  • First seen Monday night
  • Fishermen concerned about nuclear contamination
  • NOAA, Coast Guard, state officials refuse to speak on camera and blame each other

Watch the video here

Published: September 21st, 2012 at 9:09 pm ET


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11 comments to CBS: Giant piece of tsunami debris near Hawaii — Fishermen concerned about nuclear contamination (VIDEO)

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    Tons more to come. This dock is the top end of structural debris that floats. The heavy waste and semi-submerged debris will be a very ugly batch of waste. The response from government and the panic from the agencies is a sign the the US is aware of the disaster and wants to keep silence as a policy. Hold them accountable. Hold the IAEA to the fire and all other nuclear agencies claiming they regulate and approve nuclear facilities.

  • Sickputer

    Hopefully the Hawaiian citizens will realize that it's not a tourist boon…the dock that hit Oregon unleashed a carnival of gawkers:

    "Japanese tsunami dock, a gift in disguise to Oregon's coast, soon to be sliced and diced"

    "Within days of the 66-foot-long, 19-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall dock's landing, visitors stormed the beach, arriving in cars, trucks and RVs bearing license plates from all over the country and British Columbia. They climbed on it and posed for pictures. One intrepid artist even painted part of it."

    SP: There's more to come than just floating Japanese docks. Wait until toxic chemical tanks start washing up.

  • Lee Binder

    what travels faster, a dock or water?

    • Sickputer

      Wave action created by wind currents moves even large floating objects several times faster than a contaminated plume 300 feet in depth. Plumes in aquifers are near glacier-like.

      But oceans have underwater currents. The Japan Current (Kuroshio Current) travels northeast from Japan.

      "eventually becomes the North Pacific Current (also known as the North Pacific West Wind Drift). Much of this current’s force is lost west of the Hawaiian Islands as a great south-flowing eddy, the Kuroshio countercurrent, joins the Pacific North Equatorial Current and directs the warm water back to the Philippine Sea. The remainder of the original flow continues east to split off the coast of Canada and form the Alaska and California currents. The Kuroshio exhibits distinct seasonal fluctuations. It is strongest from May to August. Receding some in late summer and autumn, it begins to increase from January to February only to weaken in early spring. Similar to the Gulf Stream…
      Only about 1,300 feet (400 m) deep, the Kuroshio travels at rates ranging between 20 and 120 inches (50 and 300 cm) per second."

      To be cont…

      • Sickputer

        What they discovered after Chernobyl was that cesium dropped to the ocean floor very, very slowly:

        "only 0.2% of the corresponding caesium- 137 deposition had passed through 200 meters by that time [one month after deposit], an observation which is consistent with the generally non-reactive behaviour of this long-lived nuclide in seawater. For this reason, Chernobyl-derived caesium-137 has proved to be very useful as a water mass movement tracer in the Mediterranean and other seas for several years after the accident."

        SP: Other nuclear fallout products sink much faster. But not cesium. There will be a large amount of cesium still hanging near thd surface even after traveling for years in ocean currents.

        • Sickputer

          Since we know from a 1957 cesium study on fish that the radiation passes through the skin membranes of fish, it is not unlikely human swimmers will face the same infiltration of their body just by getting in contaminated water.

          Better unload that beach house before the Fukushima cesium plumes arrive. And they are coming…

  • kx kx

    Depends on the wind mostly I suppose.