Tsunami Debris Field
March 24, 2012 6:26 PM Subscribe
posted by HuronBob (17 comments total)
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Just a little over a year ago 20 million tons of debris were generated by the earthquake and tsunami
in Japan, much of that is now drifting eastward.
That plume of debris has spread steadily eastward
and is expected to drift and circulate for years to come (15 year model
) . This debris field is being tracked daily
by the International Pacific Research Center. Recently a 50 foot fishing vessel
, presumed to be empty, has been sighted moving towards the coast of Canada. The ship is anticipated to make landfall in approximately 50 days.
Although it is anticipated that much of the debris will eventually end up in the North Pacific Garbage Patch
, it is still likely that there is going to be some interesting beach-combing in a couple of years.