HONOLULU, Oct. 18 — KITV Honolulu is reporting on the first official discovery of tsunami debris from Japan nearing Hawaii.
And the debris, possibly contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima meltdowns, is coming to Hawaii “much earlier” than the two years researchers expected it would, according to KITV.
“We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20 million tons of debris coming from Japan… Hawaii is just in the path,” said University of Hawaii computer programming researcher Jan Hafner.
Soon after passing the Midway Islands on Sept. 22, a Russian ship hit the edge of the tsunami debris.
“We projected it would hit Midway in spring of next year, but based on the [Russian's] finding, the debris seems to be moving faster. We don’t want to create a panic, but it’s good to know it’s coming,” said Hafner.
KITV finishes up by noting that the debris field may hit Hawaii a second time in around five years.
Published: October 19th, 2011 at 7:09 pm ET
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