Texas-Sized Island of Japanese Debris to Hit the West Coast of North America

All At Once?

We’ve been reporting for years that huge quantities of debris from the Japanese tsunami would hit the West Coast of North America. And see this.

The Independent reports:

An enormous floating island of debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami is drifting towards the coast of America, bringing with it over one million tonnes of junk that would cover an area the size of Texas.

The most concentrated stretch – dubbed the “toxic monster” by Fox News – is currently around 1,700 miles off the coast, sitting between Hawaii and California, but several million tonnes of additional debris remains scattered across the Pacific.

If the rubbish were to continue to fuse, the combined area of the floating junkyard would be greater than that of the United States, and could theoretically weigh up to five million tonnes.

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The latest statistics come from a report last week by the US Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The NOAA commissioned the report in an effort to predict exactly when and where the giant floating junkyard would make landfall.

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Some of the debris may have already crossed the Atlantic, however, with reports of Japanese fishing vessels washing up on the shores of Canada as long ago as winter 2011. If that proves to be the case, the levels of toxic junk already littering US beaches is likely to be high.

The Mirror notes:

Scientists have already discovered debris on the west coast but their latest findings suggest California is expected to be hit with a deluge all at once.

Maybe … but ocean currents are difficult to model over such long distances.  As the Independent points out:

The results suggest the movement of the debris remains wildly unpredictable,  with experts forecasting the bulk of the rubbish could wash-up anywhere between Alaska and Hawaii at any point in the next few years.

Some of the debris could be radioactive.

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  • Tonto

    This recurrent tsunami phenomenon is likely how Stone Age Asians ended up in the Americas, possibly more than once. Through a tsunami-induced exodus of remarkable endurance, over the tens of thousands of years small Stone Age fishing villages were literally swept out into the sea, and, survived crossing the Pacific through sheer will and ingenuity, by hunter-gathering, mostly fishing from the debris field, perhaps with a few small water-craft that were also swept up in the tsunami. These ocean-lost refugees would have been able to survive the tortuous journey because of the vast debris field that accompanied them through an ocean more plentiful than it is today, and because of a Stone Age knowledge and physical ability that was more highly tuned to survival than is our own knowledge and physical ability today. With so many Stone Age survivors clinging to the debris field, there would have been no opportunity for all the survivors to return to shore. So they rode the debris field, using the few small craft that no doubt came with them in the debris field, and the minimal Stone Age tools they could salvage and make from the debris, to survive the astonishing journey.

    There will be little, if any, radioactive material from this debris field.

    • JA1

      beats the guesses coming from harvard.

    • Pen Guin

      The Aliens, you are forgetting about the Aliens.

    • Glenn McBride

      The genetic link between American Indians and Chinese resulted from nomads crossing the land bridge from China to Alaska centuries ago.

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