June 08, 2012
Japanese Dock Ripped Away by Tsunami Travels 5,000 Miles to U.S. West Coast
By Chad Love
Everyone was wondering when debris from last year's Japanese tsunami was going to show up along the west coast. and earlier this week Oregon beachcombers found out, as a massive Japanese fishing dock, ripped from its moorings last year, completed an unlikely 5,000 mile journey.
From this story in Time:
It’s no floating garbage patch, but a 165-ton fishing dock is certainly a shocking thing to observe rolling in with the waves. The concrete and steel dock washed ashore Tuesday at Oregon’s Agate Beach, a hulking monstrosity the size of a train car measuring 66 feet long. A small plaque on the dock gave the name of the manufacturer in Tokyo, who helped Oregon officials trace the docks to the fishing town of Misawa, in northern Japan. Four docks were ripped from the town’s shoreline during the March 2011 tsunami, and before Tuesday, only one had resurfaced.
Any of you west coast readers found any artifacts washed up along your stretch of beach?