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Radioactive debris from Japan tsunami may wash up on US West Coast by early next year (MAP)

Published: April 8th, 2011 at 11:44 am ET
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Cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes: The vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami that’s floating towards U.S. West Coast, Daily Mail, April 8, 2011:

… ‘I’m expecting parts of houses, whole boats and feet in sneakers to wash up,’ [Curtis] Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam, told MailOnline. …

Members of the U.S. Navy’s 7th fleet, who spotted the extraordinary floating rubbish, say they have never seen anything like it and are warning the debris now poses a threat to shipping traffic. …

Scientists say the first bits of debris from Japan are due to reach the West Coast in a year’s time after being carried by currents toward Washington, Oregon and California. …

Some of the debris to hit the West Coast may be radioactive following the devastation at Japanese nuclear power plants, according to James Hevezi, chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Medical Physics. …

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Published: April 8th, 2011 at 11:44 am ET
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