Date: Dec 26, 2011
Description: As much as 20 million tons of debris is estimated to have washed out to sea when the tsunami struck Japan in March. Now the first traces are appearing on the other side of Pacific ocean, on US and Canadian shores.
Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, PhD: “We are not prepared for this. Nobody is prepared. Nobody has even thought through the dimensions. This is unprecedented in scientific history. It’s unprecedented in recorded history. There’s never been a devastation on one continent that has moved off to the other continent and actually recorded.”
Reporter: “Scientists like Ebbesmeyer say the debris could bring toxic or radioactive contamination from Japan all the way here. And that it could impact marine life and even maritime shipping.”
AFP: No cause for alarm… Only lumber, ‘infrastructure’, and household items… “We don’t expect any debris items that are exotic or unusual” -NOAA
CBC: “The province [of British Columbia] will start working with national and municipal officials to prepare for the wave of trash that’s expected to hit the coast.”
Published: December 27th, 2011 at 4:50 pm ET