Tsunami debris still showing up on Washington beaches

Two-and-a-half years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Japan, suspected debris from the disaster continues to quietly wash ashore along the coast and in Hawaii.

Locally, on Saturday the Washington State Parks, Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association, and CoastSavers joined together for Operation Shore Patrol and the International Coastal Cleanup.

Officials in Hawaii have confirmed seven items at tsunami debris this year alone, including a plastic bin that had a live bird inside.

One group in Alaska has reported picking up a quarter-million pounds of debris this season, a function largely of additional funding. Not all of that is tsunami debris, though.

According to the U.S. government, of the nearly 1,900 reports of suspected tsunami debris, only about 35 have been confirmed. It’s not clear what’s still out there though debris is expected to continue washing ashore for years.




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