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Tsunami Debris Washes Ashore On Wash. Shores

by Vern on January 21, 2012

 Tsunami Debris Washes Ashore On Wash. Shores

 

Debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last March is just now starting to show up on the far northwestern shores of the U.S.

Some fishermen are worried the floats and other rubble may tangle their nets and affect their livelihood. Ashley Ahearn of the public media collaboration EarthFix headed out to Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula to see what’s coming ashore.

 

Wreckage from the tsunami that struck Japan last March is slowly making its way across the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese government estimated that up to 25 million tons of debris from the wave washed into the ocean. Now it’s beginning to make landfall along U.S. coasts.

From the public media collaboration EarthFix, Ashley Ahearn reports.

ASHLEY AHEARN, BYLINE: John Anderson is standing in his front yard in Forks, Washington. Behind him is a 40-foot tall tower made entirely of buoys from crab pots. The yard around him is filled with bits of flotsam and jetsam that he scoured from Northwest beaches over the past 35 years.

 

From the public media collaboration EarthFix, Ashley Ahearn reports.

 

ASHLEY AHEARN, BYLINE: John Anderson is standing in his front yard in Forks, Washington. Behind him is a 40-foot tall tower made entirely of buoys from crab pots. The yard around him is filled with bits of flotsam and jetsam that he scoured from Northwest beaches over the past 35 years.

 

(Read and listen to the rest of the story at npr.com)

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