Japan has announced that they will be providing $5 million to the U.S. to help with the collection and disposal of marine debris from the 2011 tsunami.
The Foreign Ministry announced the donation to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda informed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the plan during a meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
A huge tsunami triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011, earthquake off Japan’s northeastern coast washed many tons of debris into the sea and killed or left missing more than 18,000 people.
NOAA has said it expects some of the debris to wash up on U.S. shores in the next several years. Japan’s donation will help fund its monitoring, removal and processing.