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Island of debris the size of TEXAS from 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed straight for the U.S.
The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 5, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 11/05/2013 5:47:57 AM PST by Uncle Chip

A floating island of debris the size of Texas has been crossing the vast Pacific Ocean to the western shores of the Americas since a devastating tsunami inundated Japan in 2011, says a new study.

Five million tons of wreckage - the remains of homes, boats, and other remnants of shattered lives in eastern Japan - were swallowed by the ocean that day in March, and more than one million tons of flotsam continues to head towards the west coast of the US.....

While the first documented debris from the tragedy has already been found in California, scientists fear these new findings mean there could be a lot more to come and it might arrive all at once.

Some of the more mobile items have been documented as washing up on the coast of California as early as 2011. In April, a 20ft boat ran aground at Crescent City, California. It was formally identified as a boat that belonged to the marine sciences program at Takata High School in the city of Rikuzentakata.

In all, 27 items from among more than 1,600 reports of debris have been firmly traced back to the tsunami, NOAA spokeswoman Keeley Belva said. The confirmed items include a small boat found in Hawaii waters, large docks that have washed ashore in Washington state and Oregon, and a motorcycle that washed ashore off the coast of British Columbia.

A soccer ball found on an Alaska island with a student's name on it was also traced to the city of Rikuzentakata. But distinguishing everyday trash from tsunami debris has proven difficult in most other cases......

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Japan; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Oregon; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: california; catastrophism; fukushima; japan; mexico; oregon; radioactivedebris; tsunami; tsunamidebris; washington
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The kids down in Mexico have their fingers crossed that it hits Baja. It would be a treasure trove for them.
1 posted on 11/05/2013 5:47:57 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

The Japanese finally get to invade the U.S.


2 posted on 11/05/2013 5:49:24 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Bushbacker1

The beach heads will be codenamed Toyota, Honda and Sony.


3 posted on 11/05/2013 5:52:10 AM PST by xp38
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Um OK, one would think a waste debris field the size of TX might make the Nightly news, complete with photo evidence.


4 posted on 11/05/2013 5:56:16 AM PST by DAC21
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To: Uncle Chip

Very misleading headline. I believe what is meant is a “Texas Sized Debris Field”, which is an awful lot different than “Texas sized Island of Debris.” Just take the stated tonnage from the article and divide that by the square milage of Texas to get a feel for how dispersed the debris really is.


5 posted on 11/05/2013 5:57:06 AM PST by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: Uncle Chip

I hope millions and millions of tons of rubbish land smack dab into the pristine coastal waters of California, Oregon and Washington states. Would love to see tons of toxic sewage go into San Fransisco Bay. I loath the people in the left coast, spit.


6 posted on 11/05/2013 5:58:30 AM PST by Flavious_Maximus
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To: DAC21

“Debris field the size of Texas” equates to an extremely sparse debris field. First, only one coastal area of Japan was hit. Second, only the debris taken out to sea counts. Third, only the debris than can float for 2 years counts.

So, what have we got? Probably a bit of plastic every mile or so.


7 posted on 11/05/2013 6:00:39 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Uncle Chip

8 posted on 11/05/2013 6:00:42 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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"A floating island of debris the size of Texas has been crossing the vast Pacific Ocean...'

This is a million billion times worse than I could imagine.

9 posted on 11/05/2013 6:02:01 AM PST by Sam's Army
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The beach heads will be codenamed Toyota, Honda and Sony.

LOL

10 posted on 11/05/2013 6:02:05 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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Will Obama demand that Japan set up a $20 billion (US) victim's fund?
11 posted on 11/05/2013 6:03:14 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Why can’t the EcoTards row out there and clean it up?


12 posted on 11/05/2013 6:05:19 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Flavious_Maximus

We love you too.


13 posted on 11/05/2013 6:12:35 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Island of debris the size of TEXAS...

There is a rumor that Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper are trying to battle it out, but they can't find each other, and Hopper is running out of cigarettes.

14 posted on 11/05/2013 6:24:35 AM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Is it radioactive?


15 posted on 11/05/2013 6:28:38 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Flavious_Maximus

What did I do to make you so angry and petulant?


16 posted on 11/05/2013 6:29:00 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Buckeye McFrog

X2

Is all of that a hazmat nightmare headed to the USA?


17 posted on 11/05/2013 6:31:13 AM PST by I_Publius
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A soccer ball found on an Alaska island....

"Wilson!"

18 posted on 11/05/2013 6:41:06 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Flavious_Maximus
"I hope millions and millions of tons of rubbish land smack dab into the pristine coastal waters of California, Oregon and Washington states. Would love to see tons of toxic sewage go into San Fransisco Bay. I loath the people in the left coast, spit."

And a cheery good morning to you too! ;o)

19 posted on 11/05/2013 6:45:32 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Perfect! enjoy Calfornia


20 posted on 11/05/2013 6:49:45 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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