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Submission + - This Year, More Japanese Tsunami Debris Will Wash Up on U.S. Shores Than Ever ( 1

pigrabbitbear writes: "When the tragedy-bearing tsunami slammed into Japan in 2011 the fallout was felt all around the world, both figuratively and literally. The crisis that unfolded at Fukushima led to a globe-spanning conversation about the merits and pitfalls of nuclear power, and to nations like Germany and Japan taking their reactors offline. But a less momentous and oft-overlooked result of the earthquake is that for two years now, it has lined the oceans and the west coast of North America with an impressive amount of debris.

The detritus—everything from Styrofoam trash to whole refrigerators—has washed ashore everywhere from Hawaii to California to British Columbia to Alaska. Especially Alaska. Chris Pallister, the president of an environmental NGO in Alaska recently told NPR it’s gotten so bad on some of Alaska’s shores that it’s like “standing in landfill out here.”"

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This Year, More Japanese Tsunami Debris Will Wash Up on U.S. Shores Than Ever

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  • I looked through the photos, and a lot of that debris looks like it could wash up from fishing and other boats. Plastic water bottles, balls, a light bulb, gas cans, detergent bottles - looks like a lot of it could just as easily have been trash from a boat. However, the large amount of Styrofoam looks like it might come from the Tsunami.

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