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