Debris from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami was sent across the Pacific Ocean and experts say that Washington coasts should start seeing debris in the next few weeks. The NOAA Marine Debris Program has posted a new modeling output on its website at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/japanfaqs.html that shows where the debris likely is currently.
This model, developed by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration Emergency Response Division, simulates how winds and ocean currents from the past year may have moved items through the Pacific Ocean and shows where debris may be now, but does not predict exactly when debris will reach U.S. shores in the future.
It shows that some items may have reached the Pacific Northwest coast during the winter. The bulk of the debris is likely still dispersed north of the Main Hawaiian Islands and east of Midway Atoll.
Click Image for Full Size Graphic