Skip to comments.Up to 20 million tons of debris from Japanís tsunami moving toward Hawaii
Posted on 10/24/2011 12:59:09 PM PDT by LucyT
Some 5 to 20 million tons of debris--furniture, fishing boats, refrigerators--sucked into the Pacific Ocean in the wake of Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami are moving rapidly across the Pacific.
Researchers from the University of Hawaii tracking the wreckage estimate it could approach the U.S. West Coast in the next three years, the UK Daily Mail reports.
"We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20 million tons of debris coming from Japan,"
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“We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20 million tons of debris coming from Japan,”
Which is nothing compared to the millions of tons of debris shipped in from China every day.
wow! What will they ever do with this? Won’t this wreck the Hawaiian beaches and tourist trade to boot?
hmm, will the debris hit Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2011?
It will become a beachcombers’ paradise.
“Wont this wreck the Hawaiian beaches and tourist trade to boot?”
Pfffft, I could not care less. In fact, I may enjoy hearing some of the natives whine.
This, from a hated, hoale.
How will me know that it is debris from Japan and not another “occupy” movement?
Not to worry...the Hawaii Department of Health have lots of experience dealing with garbage.
We Michiganders love wilderness loving visitors and their money. We’re always welcoming.
How radio active is this stuff? Didn’t see anything in the article about that possibility.
Lord. What could be done for this? Skimmers? Then what? Burn?
Send obama out to turn back the tide. Maybe it will take him with it.
But how do you get a house of the beach?
How do you get a house off the beach?
“We Michiganders love wilderness loving visitors and their money. Were always welcoming.”
I know... I’ve been, and will be back. Well, to the north half. When you get to southeast Michigan, it’s not so nice.
Anyone got a large cargo ship with crane I can borrow for 3 weeks? Floating gold!
Actually, they say it’s all going to wash up in California, which for some reason I find amusing ...
See video of massive garbabe slick at sea ...
Well, I guess that depends on what your definition of "rapidly" is:
it could approach the U.S. West Coast in the next three years
I think I could WALK that far in 3 years.
Somebody should drop a line to the producers of “American Pickers.”
I wouldn't want to open any of those refrigerators that have been floating for years.
Since it wasn't mentioned, it's probably highly radioactive; otherwise they would be telling everyone not to worry.
Travis Magee, you out there? Fire up the boat. I’ll bet there’s a load of dolphin under all that debris!
Uhhh, cars and heavy sinking objects will scrape along the pacific floor and wash up in California...doesn’t seem real to me, perhaps sticks etc..small stuff I could see..may be wrong...
Looks to me like it won’t hit Hawaii , just pass by to the north en route to the US West Coast .
No gross! But those boat hulls and the fishing equipment and floats etc, many would be salvageable and sellable. Maybe even a lot of the timbers and large wood pieces. My understand is Japan imports the most expensive wood as it is highly valued in Japan.
Apparently you missed the miniscule mainland coverage of the tsunami damage in Hawaii. There were pics of a house in Kealakakua bay that was floating away. Water surges in, drains back, pulling house off the foundation.
Maybe we send out to sea those two guys on Cable TV who rummage through peoples’ junk, “Pickers” , I think they call themselves. You know, those guys from Iowa who get all hopped up when they spot rusted out bicycle frames sticking out of the ground.
. . . . Update:
Early computer models predicted that the debris would not hit the United States for two to three years. But a Russian training ship, the STS Pallada, following a map of the computer models, hit an extended field of debris in mid-Pacific, close to Midway Island, a U.S. territory about 1,700 miles from Hawaii.
The ships encounter with the 1,000-mile-long mass of tsunami debris came in September — 300 miles ahead of schedule, and nearly 2,000 miles from the site of the tsunami in Japan.
The ships crew found a battered, 20-foot fishing boat marked Fukushima, the same spot in Japan that was ground zero for the tsunami.
The Palladas crew sailed through the debris, surrounded by everything from appliances and televisions to furniture, all of it now headed straight for Hawaii.
The first of it is expected to hit Midway Atoll this winter, then Hawaii in early 2013, and the U.S. West Coast — mainly Washington and Oregon — in early 2014.
Experts now estimate that lighter objects will wash ashore Midways beaches this winter.
ABC News Radio contributed to this report.
Sounds like they are dumping the trash and blaming the tidal wave, floating appliances?
If it is, it is..
Still sounds like timber left over from the SF OWS burning of the buds..
I am sorry, please excuse my verbage...sticks left over from their cleaned pot buds..
Maybe its a shipment of Hope to the occupy wall street crowd..
LOL!!! Part the seas and collapse them on himself....
Cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes: The vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami that's floating towards U.S. West Coast
Wow what do you know, I am thinking..looks bad..we’ll see..
Free, have you got a Geiger counter before you start to salvage this?
...at taxpayer expense.
From the link:
But even more grisly are the predictions of U.S. oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who is expecting human feet, still in their shoes, to wash up on the West Coast within three years.
‘I’m expecting parts of houses, whole boats and feet in sneakers to wash up,’ Mr Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam, told MailOnline.
Several thousand bodies were washed out to sea following the disaster and while most of the limbs will come apart and break down in the water, feet encased in shoes will float, Mr Ebbesmeyer said.
By year 2 or 3, much of that will have sunk to the bottom of the ocean. I question the map showing it will still be as large by year 7. Something else, how is it possible to gain debris? There wasn’t that much lost on day one of the tsunami but by the time it reaches CA, there’s enough debris to cover half the US - I don’t think so.
...and several thousand bodies...he’s right about the feet and sneakers, we have had exactly that float up onto our beaches; from the bodies of drowning victims.
As others have said, the pickings might prove profitable.
Tracked you down to wish you HAPPY 6th FReeper ANNIVERSARY;)
(and I forget where I left my car keys)!!!!!!!!!!!
I received this email in response an email I sent alerting NOAA to some debris I found on a beach in Oregon recently that looks to be Japanese in origin.
As you know, it is very difficult to discern debris from the Japan tsunami event. Movement of Japan tsunami marine debris across the North Pacific Ocean this quickly is unlikely, but not outside the realm of possibility. We are working with numerous modelers to figure this out, as well as other partners to see if we can source-identify the debris that has been reported. Our findings will be published on our website, listed above.
If you are interested (and walk your local beach with some frequency), the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) has developed the attached Shoreline Survey Field Guide in order to evaluate and monitor the types and abundance of marine debris at a shoreline site. Effective monitoring of changes in environmental conditions, such as the abundance of marine debris, requires a good deal of forethought.
Monitoring projects should have clearly stated objectives and use agreed-upon methods and field measurements to allow for comparability of data with previous research and that conducted in other areas. Quality marine debris monitoring data can be used to assess spatial and temporal trends and measure the effectiveness of strategies to address the issue.
An electronic data sheet is provided to assist in your data analysis efforts. At this time the MDP does not have the capacity to regularly analyze monitoring data coming in from various groups. We are planning to conduct periodic calls for data; if you are interested in being included in data calls, please send an email to MD.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Best wishes for safe and informative shoreline surveys!
NOAA Marine Debris