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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 Bushbacker1 (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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To: Bushbacker1

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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To: Uncle Chip
"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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To: xp38
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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To: Uncle Chip
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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To: Uncle Chip
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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To: Flavious_Maximus

Your post is beyond repugnant and you and ilk like you don’t speak for, nor do you represent me.


21 posted on 11/05/2013 6:56:29 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Uncle Chip

I never knew motorcycles could float.


22 posted on 11/05/2013 6:57:00 AM PST by jstaff
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To: JoeProBono

Why didn’t anyone take the time to get rid of this mess? A cargo ship can go out and scoop this up can’t it?


23 posted on 11/05/2013 6:58:31 AM PST by angcat
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To: Uncle Chip

..... Time to head out to salvage those floating jewelry boxes and goodies to help fund my new health insurance premiums.


24 posted on 11/05/2013 6:59:10 AM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: JoeProBono

Is that THE ONE paddling around in his own lies?


25 posted on 11/05/2013 7:01:00 AM PST by cuspofcommonsense
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To: Flavious_Maximus

Need to figure out how to divert and deposit in the Potomac in D.C;


26 posted on 11/05/2013 7:04:50 AM PST by cuspofcommonsense
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To: angcat

Sounds like it would take about 20 to 50 thousand cargo loads. Use huge nets to haul it back to Japan?

(Wild arse guess)


27 posted on 11/05/2013 7:05:53 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: angcat

If all this stuff floats its way to the shore of Baja the debris will be turned into the next Baja Mexican shanty town known as East Fukushima.


28 posted on 11/05/2013 7:10:01 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: SampleMan

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

Reports from planes flying over the debris field are a leetle worse than a bit of plastic. This is going to be a natural disaster of its own when it hits the left coast.


29 posted on 11/05/2013 7:10:09 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Uncle Chip

I feel bad for the Marine life that will get sick and die from this. Very sad. Too bad it can’t be directed into DC.


30 posted on 11/05/2013 7:12:28 AM PST by angcat
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To: SampleMan

Not so.

1.) Plastic density is less than salt water density.

2.) The mega eddy in the North Pacific Ocean known as the Kiroshiro, is renowned for keeping floating debris together for a long time. Remember the shipload of lost tennis shoes, back in the day?

3.) Now for the bad news: Some of the debris is radioactive - - -


31 posted on 11/05/2013 7:14:11 AM PST by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Sean Penn: "I'm on it!"


32 posted on 11/05/2013 7:21:07 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: angcat

Cheer up. The radioactive fish will be consumed by Democrats in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Cesium takes a looooooong time to achieve a half-life.


33 posted on 11/05/2013 7:27:20 AM PST by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Has anyone contacted Al Gore?


34 posted on 11/05/2013 7:29:46 AM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: Graewoulf

LOL


35 posted on 11/05/2013 7:32:20 AM PST by angcat
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To: Uncle Chip

A motorcycle!!!???? How could a motorcycle float all the way to British Columbia from Japan. Dang.


36 posted on 11/05/2013 7:48:39 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (A pox on the House of Apple and the ios7 horse they rode in on.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Somehow, I think the reports are grossly exaggerated. But I only say that because they are always grossly exaggerated.
37 posted on 11/05/2013 7:55:28 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

I sincerely hope you are right.


38 posted on 11/05/2013 8:05:55 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: BenLurkin
We love you too.

Thank you, Ben. Was the first thing that came to my mind. Not ALL of us west coasters are liberal loons!
39 posted on 11/05/2013 8:14:57 AM PST by Mama Shawna
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To: Uncle Chip
WE'RE DOOMED!!
40 posted on 11/05/2013 8:17:36 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Graewoulf
How much plastic could have possibly existed in the small coastal strip effected (217 sq miles), much of which was agricultural. Now take that plastic and disperse it across an area the size of Texas (268,820 sq miles). The density is decreased by a factor of 1238. So, the plastic found in one house, assuming it all made it to the ocean and had no metal attached, would be distributed over an area 1238 times larger. That's not going to equate to looking out over a sea of plastic.

Note this population map of Japan and that very little of the effected shoreline is over 300 people per sq mile.

However, if it all comes ashore here, the density won't matter too much, as it comes back together. That said, there are 7863 miles of coastline on the U.S. West coast. If every bit of of the plastic comes ashore, and only in the U.S., sparing Canada and Mexico, we are looking at 1 sq mile of Japanese debris being spread across over 36 miles of shoreline.

Due to currents, some spots will accumulate a lot of trash, most won't.

41 posted on 11/05/2013 8:22:54 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

You’re using logic and math.

Thinking elements largely unknown to MSM writers...

well done!


42 posted on 11/05/2013 8:25:35 AM PST by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: Conservative4Ever

It’s an early warning moltorcycle.

We will know that the floating debris island has landed when a sea otter in Monterey is pulled over for speeding on that Suzuki.


43 posted on 11/05/2013 8:25:45 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: jstaff

“I never knew motorcycles could float.”

That jumped out at me as well. I’ve put a few in the lake by accident and they never came up on their own.


44 posted on 11/05/2013 11:18:26 AM PST by WePledge ( Semper Fidelis)
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To: Uncle Chip

I have been beach combing for 30 years.
Last year I found two sea encrusted Toshiba 100 watt light bulbs. One of them worked for about 45 minutes.
I think that makes it 29 of 1600 bits.


45 posted on 11/05/2013 11:19:31 AM PST by Sixpackplymouth
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To: Rebel_Ace

You are correct. That’s 3.73 tons per square mile, or .04 OUNCES per square yard, or 15 pounds per football field (120 x 53 yards).


46 posted on 11/05/2013 11:54:40 AM PST by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free

Does that mean that we are all going to die tomorrow?????


47 posted on 11/05/2013 11:59:17 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Conservative4Ever; Uncle Chip

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/26/harley-davidson-museum-opens-tsunami-motorcycle-exhibit/

Link has photo and article. Was in a container. HD traced it back to the owner and offered to restore it. Owner said to display it instead in its current condition as a memorial.


48 posted on 11/05/2013 12:01:23 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: SampleMan

“If every bit of of the plastic comes ashore”

I imagine most of the plastic will be eaten by beluga whales and other rare, endangered sea creatures.


49 posted on 11/05/2013 12:04:23 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: DAC21

One would expect that it could be seen on Google Earth (of course, that’s assuming it’s as bad as they’re making it out to be).


50 posted on 11/05/2013 12:14:06 PM PST by Bob
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