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mfcorey1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 01:39 AM
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Up to 20 million tons of debris from Japanís tsunami moving toward Hawaii

Some 5 to 20 million tons of debris--furniture, fishing boats, refrigerators--sucked into the Pacific Ocean in the wake of Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami are moving rapidly across the Pacific. Researchers from the University of Hawaii tracking the wreckage estimate it could approach the U.S. West Coast in the next three years, the UK Daily Mail reports.

"We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20 million tons of debris coming from Japan," University of Hawaii researcher Jan Hafner told Hawaii's ABC affiliate KITV.

Crew members from the Russian training ship the STS Pallada "spotted the debris 2,000 miles from Japan," last month after passing the Midway islands, the Mail wrote. "They saw some pieces of furniture, some appliances, anything that can float, and they picked up a fishing boat," said Hafner. The boat was 20-feet long, and was painted with the word "Fukushima." "That's actually our first confirmed report of tsunami debris," Hafner told KITV.

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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 01:47 AM
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1. Hmm, I would have figured most debris would join the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 02:34 AM
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2. reports here in honolulu say stuff will float towards gulf of alaska, then south off the
US west coast, then get stuck in the gyre between hawaii and california, where the bulk of it will eventually stop. some will move south of the main currents towards hawaii and other places.
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