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Japanese Debris Field From the Tsunami Headed to U.S. West Coast
"The huge mass of an ocean debris field from the tsunami in Japan is headed towards the West Coast and Hawaii.
The ruins of houses, cars, trees along with human remains are just some of the things contained in this floating island.
When the debris field hits the U.S. shores, some very disturbing and grisly findings could be among the garbage that floats in, according to NPR.
The debris field is so large, that there is no way to clean it up before hitting the US shores. This debris field is going to hit the Hawaiian Islands first and then make its way to the West Coast of the U.S. and British Columbia.
The University of Hawaii’s International Pacific Research Center has calculated that debris will wash up for years on the West Coast and Hawaii. Wind and Ocean currents will bring the debris field in this direction.
Vancouver News reports that a floating island, of bodies and debris is causing chaos in Pacific shipping lanes. This island is approximately 70 miles long and just one of the many islands of floating debris in the Pacific right now headed toward the US coast.
The debris mass, which appears as an island from the air, contains cars, trucks, tractors, boats and entire houses floating in the current heading toward the U.S. and Canada, according to ABC News.
Over 200,000 buildings were washed away by the tsunami with their debris included in this field of garbage floating towards the U.S. and Canada."
Cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes: The vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami that's floating towards U.S. West Coast
By Daily Mail Reporter
Members of the U.S. Navy's 7th fleet, who spotted the extraordinary floating rubbish, say they have never seen anything like it and are warning the debris now poses a threat to shipping traffic.
'It's very challenging to move through these to consider these boats run on propellers and that these fishing nets or other debris can be dangerous to the vessels that are actually trying to do the work,' Ensign Vernon Dennis told ABC News.