National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to Hold Tweetchat on Tsunami Debris

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold a Tweetchat on Twitter with NOAA Marine Debris Program Director Nancy Wallace on Wednesday, March 6 at noon to talk about tsunami debris.

You can tweet your questions to @NOAAdebris using hashtag #TsunamiDebris. They will be answering questions such as:

What types of debris are expected to reach U.S. shores and where?

Is the debris radioactive?

What should I do if I see debris?

It’s been almost two years since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. The Government of Japan estimated that the tsunami swept about 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean and that about 70 percent sank shortly after. The remaining 1.5 million tons dispersed far across the North Pacific Ocean and some tsunami debris has reached U.S. shores.

The NOAA is collaborating with federal, state, tribal and local partners to collect data, assess the debris, and reduce possible tsunami debris impacts to our coastal communities and natural resources.

The NOAA remains the best source of information for Japan tsunami marine debris information including modeling, protocols to follow in handling marine debris, and frequently asked questions and answers about tsunami debris.

More information is available at NOAA’s Information and FAQs page.

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