Tsunami debris reaching Central Coast?
June 22, 2012
Central Coast residence are getting their first dose of tsunami debris with several items with Japanese lettering being found in the Cambria area. [Tribune]
During the past two weeks, beach combers have come across a fishing or mooring float, a hand soap container, and a red light bulb.
Earlier this month, 66-foot metal and concrete structure, a soccer ball and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a shipping container have washed up on the North America coastline.
Japanese officials estimate the March 2011 tsunami washed about 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean. Of that, most sunk leaving about 1.5 million tons of trash floating towards the United States.
Scientists say debris from the tsunami is expected to continue reaching the West Coast through 2014.
In California, however, coastal currents may deflect most debris back toward Hawaii.