Huge increase in tsunami debris for U.S. and Canada on the way — Still over 100 times more to reach coast over next few months (VIDEO)

Published: November 11th, 2012 at 12:10 am ET
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Title: 33,000 tons of debris to land in June
Source: Kyodo
Date: Nov. 11, 2012

The Environment Ministry projects that 33,000 tons of tsunami debris will reach North America by next June, revising downward its earlier estimates.

[...] In April, it forecast that 41,300 tons would reach North America by February.

The earlier study only predicted the amount of debris that would reach waters within 10 km of the North American shoreline, but the new calculations provide a more accurate projection by also predicting how many tons are likely to reach the continent’s shores.

Around 290 tons are expected to reach North America by December, rising to 3,200 tons by February and 14,000 by April, the latest analysis showed. But the new estimates kept the total amount of debris washed away from the three hardest-hit prefectures -Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima -unchanged at 1.33 million tons. [...]

According to the researchers, less than 290 tons of debris has reached N. America as of this month.  By June 2013, the researchers predict landfall of 33,000 tons — a 113-fold increase in the upcoming six to seven months.

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10 comments to Huge increase in tsunami debris for U.S. and Canada on the way — Still over 100 times more to reach coast over next few months (VIDEO)

  • jump-ball

    People in LA can collect beach samples and deliver them to the Japanese Consulate-General in LA at:

    350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 1700
    Los Angeles, CA 90071
    TEL: (213) 617-6700

    http://www.la.us.emb-japan.go.jp/e_web/e_m01_01.htm


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Those that might consider even getting close to the coast, please use a geiger counter.


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  • mick

    So much for selling your multi-million dollar waterfront property on the west coast in the next year.


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    • I notice there are a lot of properties for sale in my area (Vancouver Island) – a sudden increase actually and prices are going down.


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      • TraderGreg

        I am beginning to see some very attractive prices in the Victoria and suburbs. Maybe I will return there – beats Toronto. Some of it is Fukushima related but the nice folks in Canada are about to experience their own Real Estate 'Fukushima'. You cannot have average home price valued at ten times the average earnings. It is going to implode big way and Victoria is very much on the way. I am old enough to remember the previous RE implosions in Canada and believe me nothing was orderly. I would say based on history that it is going to be more spectacular than in USA.


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  • RAY-D-8-TED-DREAMS

    The amount of debris that washes up on the shoreline represents less that 0.2% of the actual amount that will be scattered over the floor of the Pacific forever!!


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    • @ RAY-D-8-TED-DREAMS
      November 11, 2012 at 8:06 am
      No Fear Shakespeare: King Lear: Act 2, Scene 4
      ' O sir, to wilful men,. The injuries that they themselves procure. Must be their schoolmasters. Shut up your doors'.


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      • yohananw

        +2 points for quoting Shakespeare's King Lear, -1 for missing context. You quote the lines of Regan, an evil villain, lynch mob character.

        In reality, nuclear pollution diffuses everywhere near and far, on local, national, regional, hemispheric, global areas. Nuclear fallout can touch anyone; in its own long decay time it will reach both innocent and perpetrators, aware and unaware.

        Better to quote Edgar's line, "…the worst is not so long as we can say 'This is the worst.'< Shakespeare, King Lear, Act IV


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      • yohananw

        +2 points for quoting Shakespeare's King Lear, -1 for missing context. You quote the lines of Regan, an evil villain, lynch mob character.

        In reality, nuclear pollution diffuses everywhere near and far, on local, national, regional, hemispheric, global areas. Nuclear fallout can touch anyone; in its own long decay time it will reach both innocent and perpetrators, aware and unaware.

        Better to quote Edgar's line, "…the worst is not so long as we can say 'This is the worst.'"


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  • weeman

    Their is a lot of unemployed fishermen on the west coast you would thing the disaster relieve program would kick in and hire these boats to collect and Carole debris to larger ships, the fish in the pacific are contaminated anyway and requires further study to make sure they are safe to eat.
    They have known this is coming for 18 months and made no preparation, don't worry till it washes up on the shore, the time to collect with least impact has past, you are not fit to run a brothel never mind a government office. Out a sight out of mind, you have a responsibility do it.


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