Tsunami dock removed from Oregon beach

Tsunami dock removed from Oregon beach

Tsunami dock removed from Oregon beach

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by KGW staff, Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:27 AM

Newport, Ore. -- Workers on Sunday removed the final section of the Japanese dock that washed ashore on the Oregon coast last June.

The final water-logged weight of the dock was nearly 188 tons, which was heavier than earlier estimates.

Late Thursday, crews with Ballard Diving & Salvage were finally able to cut the first of section off of the dock. They were planning to haul it away on a flat bed trailer but the chunk was too heavy for the truck.

Crews had been working from sun-up to sun-down to try to cut the concrete and steel structure into four sections. Even during high tide, when the dock was surrounded by water, the work continued, just with life jackets.

The dock had been a local attraction for the past two months with people visiting Agate Beach to see the massive piece of debris from last year's tsunami in Japan.

Scott Karob of Ballard Diving and Salvage said Saturday that Agate Beach was crowded with people enjoying the warm weather, and crews were trying to control traffic and crowds so nobody was hurt.

The dock will be trucked in five pieces to a yard in Sherwood, southwest of Portland, where it will be broken down into gravel for paving parking lots.

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