More suspected tsunami debris on Washington coast

More suspected tsunami debris on Washington coast

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Debris found between Cape Alava and Sand Point along the Ozette Loop in the Olympic National Park in early March.

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by Associated Press / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 27 at 6:07 PM

LONGVIEW, Wash. - While most experts don't expect debris from last year's Japanese tsunami to wash up on West Coast beaches for another year, some suspected flotsam has been found on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

Jerry Dean of Longview found several kinds of floats this month -- a clear glass float and net, a yellow plastic float and several larger dark floats.

The Daily News reports Dean and friend Russ Bryant also found four large light bulbs -- some marked with Japanese writing -- as well as assorted bottles and jars.

Earlier this year several large floats of the type used at Japanese oyster farms were found on the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island.

Some of the debris might be from a 150-foot Japanese fishing boat that was lost during the tsunami.

The ship was discovered off the British Columbia coast last week. It was estimated that if left adrift, the ship could make landfall in 50 days.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is urging beachcombers to report unusual finds to marinedebris@noaa.gov.
 

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