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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tsunami Debris: Japanese House Lands In U.S.

This is just going to keep on going for awhile.

After the March 11, 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered massive tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast, debris from the event has been traveling 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean landing on the west coast of North America.

The debris—massive amounts of it—has taken a year to travel across, and even after making landfall, many debris items that wash ashore are quickly washed back out to the waters and are making its way back to Japan.

Some of the items we have washing ashore in British Columbia, Canada and in Washington, USA include: soccer balls; lumber; a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a moving van; a dock; and now the partial remnants of a house discovered by three kayakers with the Ikkatsu Project

There are actually people out there looking for Japanese tsunami debris on the westcoast beaches?
The Ikkatsu Project consists of three kayakers—Steve Weileman, Jason Goldstein, Ken Campbell—who are kayaking their way along the Olympic Peninsula, documenting the debris from the tsunami as it washes ashore on remote Northwest beaches to glean information on ocean currents, water-borne pollution and how nature and civilization interact.

Ikkatsu, by the way, translates into English as "unity".

Along with the partial house, these men found parts of a washing machine, laundry hamper and child's toilet bowl.

Earlier this June, a 66-foot dock made landfall on an Oregon beach, while a 20-foot boat was beached in Washington.

The debris currently landing along the west coast is the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Larger amounts of the debris field is actually expected to arrive in the autumn and winter of 2012. 

Compiled by Andrew Joseph

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