Pilot: Large amounts of tsunami debris coming ashore — “Holy crap, all of a sudden you see all this stuff” (VIDEO)

Published: January 31st, 2013 at 11:50 pm ET
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Title: Tsunami debris litters B.C. beaches
Source: The Globe and Mail
Author: MARK HUME
Date: Jan. 28 2013

Debris from the tsunami that struck Japan two years ago is building up on West Coast beaches, with everything from soccer balls to floating docks drifting ashore from Alaska to California.

Peter Barratt, operations manager for West Coast Helicopters, has been looking down on British Columbia’s rugged Pacific coastline for much of the past 30 years – and he has never seen as much garbage as he did on a recent reconnaissance flight along northwest Vancouver Island with Will Soltau, of the Living Oceans Society.

In a flight that took them along the remote outer coast, the two men said they saw garbage scattered on almost every beach for more than 100 kilometres. Mr. Barratt, a pilot with decades of experience on the coast, said it is clear large amounts of debris from the tsunami, which hit Japan in March, 2011, are coming ashore. [...]

“Of course there’s always debris on the beaches,” he added. “But I dropped down … and, holy crap, all of a sudden you see all this stuff. [...]

“I expect the worst isn’t over yet,” [Soltau] he said. [...]

An estimated 1.5 million tonnes of debris is eventually expected to hit the West Coast. [...]

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22 comments to Pilot: Large amounts of tsunami debris coming ashore — “Holy crap, all of a sudden you see all this stuff” (VIDEO)

  • If this debris is radioactive, even some of it, it will unfortunately shine as yet another example of the truly overwhelming costs of Nuclear Power.

    Sooner or later someone, somewhere, will hopefully test this stuff.

    I am confident we're going to find out one way or another, if you get my drift. This is just the start.

    The difference between huge tsunamis from the distant past and 311 is that there is no comparison to the amount of toxic household and industrial materials that are now in the mega-mix of debris.

    IMO – The country of Japan should at least offer some kind cleanup assistance. It would be the right thing to do.


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    • ftlt

      Chas: While, we bomb and exploit the rest of the world in the name of freedom… Japan is supposed to clean-up a radioactive mess – we sold them???…

      Screw Globalism and "Free"(The Joke's On You) Trade Capitalism…

      Big Energy is the tip of this evil spear…


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      • Somebody needs to clean it up.

        What are you supposed to do when your dog poops on the neighbors sidewalk? If you bought the dog from the neighbor as a pup, does that make it the neighbors job to pick up that poop? I don't think so.

        It's not my fault that TEPCO did not read the user manual on where and how to construct these Death Machines.

        Japan should not be excused from this because of what some other country does, that may or may not be 'the right thing to do'.
        (The entire Nuclear Industry should NOT be excused!)

        The right thing to do would be for all countries to come together as a team, clean this up and abolish Nuclear Power for eternity.

        I don't see that happening… yet. But I believe it can or I wouldn't be here.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Here is something we can all do to help the children.

      Every time you see an ad or flyer for a local beach cleanup, contact the sponsoring organization and ask if they are providing radiation testing before the children are allowed anywhere near the debris.

      You will be very surprised at the results. They care about 'the ocean', but they don't give a damn about you or your children.

      This clean-up must be stopped. It must be performed by professionals, with the proper nuclear hazardous waste equipment as markww suggests. Keep your children away, and tell your neighbors. They may be ignorant of the danger now, but they'll take notice when their children may be threatened.


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  • markww markww

    FOR DEBRIS WASHING UP ON SHORE PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ALL AREAS ALONG THE WEST COAST AND HAWAII FOR SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS PUBLIC

    1. FULL FACE RESPIRATOR – Do not want particles in your eyes nano particles. Change respirator capsules regularly or by packed instructions , included in your package.

    2. Full TYVEK protective suit with wrists and feet guards (Taped) and zipped up.

    3. GEIGER COUNTER- to check every piece for radiation and set aside for Browns gas evaporation IE: filtered Burning..

    Markww


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  • mick

    "The worst isn't over yet."

    Umm, no it actually hasn't even started. Is this guy delusional? What kind of comment is that?


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Then there is the contaminated ocean water itself,

    Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-pacific-ocean-catastrophe.html

    Fukushima Leaking Radioactive Water Into Ocean Plume; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-leaking-radioactive-water.html


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  • allmymarbles

    Why blame Japan. If I remember correctly, we started it.


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    • Um, no you didn't. It was one of my countrymen:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Rutherford

      Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson OM, FRS (30 August 1871 – 19 October 1937) was a New Zealand-born British chemist and physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics. He is considered the greatest experimentalist since Michael Faraday (1791–1867).

      In early work he discovered the concept of radioactive half-life, proved that radioactivity involved the transmutation of one chemical element to another, and also differentiated and named alpha and beta radiation.This work was done at McGill University in Canada. It is the basis for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry he was awarded in 1908 "for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances"


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      GE or rather the military industrial complex started it and of course greed and hubris come into play. What a species.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch..is already larger than estimated.

    Research ship finds the world's oceans are 'plasticized'

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/21/world/asia/algalita-eco-solutions/index.html


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..And where ..may I ask..is our precious (SARC)..Woods Hole?


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    • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

      Fukushima Radiation in the Pacific
      (updated April 2012)

      "Because of the plant’s location, much of this contamination washed into the Pacific. Additional airborne radioactive material likely fell onto the sea surface, where it too mixed into the water."

      http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=67796


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      • Three Eleven Eleven Three Eleven Eleven

        ■Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, is a confirmed speaker at the Fukushima Symposium, sponsored by the Helen Caldicott Foundation, being held at the New York Academy of Medicine on March 11-12, 2013.

        The public is welcome.

        Perhaps people here can attend and ask questions.

        http://www.helencaldicott.com/2012/12/helen-caldicott-foundations-fukushima-symposium/

        Full list of confirmed speakers:

        ■Dr. Tim Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina – Chernobyl, Fukushima and other Hot Places, Biological Consequences
        ■Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute – Consequences for the Ocean of the Fukushima-Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident
        ■David Lochbaum, the Union of Concerned Scientists – Another Unsurprising Surprise
        ■Dr Wladimir Wertelecki, Chairman Department of Medical Genetics and Birth Defects Center, University South Carolina – Congenital Malformations in Rivne Polossia associated with the Chernobyl Accident
        ■Dr. Marek Niedziela, Professor of Pediatrics, Poznan (Poland) University of Medical Sciences – Thyroid Pathology in Children with Particular Reference to Chernobyl and Fukushima
        ■Dr. Alexy Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences – Lessons from Chernobyl
        ■Akio Matsumura, Founder of Global Forum for Parliamentary Leaders on Global Survival – What did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?
        ■Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies


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      • 16Penny 16Penny

        ChasAha, or anyone who knows, I was thinking about the effect of fallout on floating debris. I understand that ocean currents and wind currents take different paths. My question / concern is did the airborne fallout intersect the path of the floating debris while it was still close to the Japanese coast? I suspect that it did as the aircraft carrier (USS Ronald Reagan)that was providing support for helicopter search and rescue had to relocate due to fallout.

        Also, bringing the knowledge I have about soil mechanics to bear, wouldn't the heaviest particles fall out of the air first? Wouldn't the radioactive particles, the comparatively larger (still Micro) particles, cause the floating debris to be HIGHLY radioactive?

        Please forgive any mistakes or incorrect interpretations I am making, I am still trying to understand the severity of the contamination in it's many forms.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Thanks..ChasAha..
    Now..They should get out there and do some live scientific reporting..earn their chow.


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  • We Not They Finally

    And WHO did they say is testing for the close to 2,000 dangerous radionucleotides in the debris on behalf of the public? Oh, "No one," you say?


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