Skip to comments.Island of debris the size of TEXAS from 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed straight for the U.S.
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 ...
The Japanese finally get to invade the U.S.
The beach heads will be codenamed Toyota, Honda and Sony.
Um OK, one would think a waste debris field the size of TX might make the Nightly news, complete with photo evidence.
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.
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.
“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.
This is a million billion times worse than I could imagine.
Why can’t the EcoTards row out there and clean it up?
We love you too.
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.
Is it radioactive?
What did I do to make you so angry and petulant?
Is all of that a hazmat nightmare headed to the USA?
And a cheery good morning to you too! ;o)
Perfect! enjoy Calfornia
Your post is beyond repugnant and you and ilk like you don’t speak for, nor do you represent me.
I never knew motorcycles could float.
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?
..... Time to head out to salvage those floating jewelry boxes and goodies to help fund my new health insurance premiums.
Is that THE ONE paddling around in his own lies?
Need to figure out how to divert and deposit in the Potomac in D.C;
Sounds like it would take about 20 to 50 thousand cargo loads. Use huge nets to haul it back to Japan?
(Wild arse guess)
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.
“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.
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.
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 - - -
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.
Has anyone contacted Al Gore?
A motorcycle!!!???? How could a motorcycle float all the way to British Columbia from Japan. Dang.
I sincerely hope you are right.
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.
You’re using logic and math.
Thinking elements largely unknown to MSM writers...
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.
“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.
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.
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).
Does that mean that we are all going to die tomorrow?????
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.
“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.
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).