Ocean Recovery Alliance

Tsunami Debris Survey Launched Northwest of Midway

By Ocean Recovery Alliance

- Published on January 25, 2012 by Ocean Recovery Alliance

The tsunami that followed on the heels of the March 11, 2011, earthquake in Japan produced as much as 25 million tons of debris. Much of this debris was swept into
the ocean. What stayed afloat drifted apart under the influence of winds and currents, most of it eastward. Predicted to reach the West Coast of the United States and
Hawaii within the coming years, the debris’ composition and how much is still floating on the surface are largely unknown. One thing is certain: the debris is hazardous to
navigation, marine life, and when washed ashore, to coastlines.

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