Report: First debris from Japan tsunami reaches West Coast, KIRO, Dec. 18, 2011:
[...] Researchers who have tracked wind and water currents in the Pacific since 1970 [...] said about a fourth of the 100 million tons of debris from Japan should reach beaches up and down the West Coast.
“It’s just a monstrous debris field coming our way,” said Curt Ebbesmeyer, one of the oceanographers. [...]
About the size of California, according to Ebbesmeyer’s estimation. [...]
“We’re at the beginning of the beginning,” Ebbesmeyer said. [...]
Though not included in the article, the newscaster ends the segment stating: “There is also concern the debris may contain radioactivity.”
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Published: December 19th, 2011 at 3:04 pm ET