NOAA releases update on tsunami debris

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to monitor potential tsunami debris off the Washington coast.

Since July 15th, there have been three reports of that large “barge-like” object off the Washington and Oregon coast. The first sighting was 55 miles off of the Westport coast a month ago. A second sighting was reported off of Tillamook Bay, OR a week later followed by a report off the Yaquina Head, OR coast on July 29. NOAA says the object is likely now off the coast of California.

The Coast Guard said that there were no new aerial reports of hazardous debris. For debris to be considered a hazard it must be at least 20 feet long. Washington has had 7 hazard reports since NOAA began monitoring the debris.

NOAA uses satellite, aerial, and at sea reports to monitor the debris.

Locally, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is coordinating monthly shoreline monitoring at 7 beaches, with recommendations to add additional sites.

In July, Governor Gregoire released $500 thousand in emergency funds to address the disaster response.

 

To report possible tsunami debris you can email DisasterDebris@noaa.gov or download the official Marine Debris Tracker app for smartphones.

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