29 Feb '12, 7am

Tons of Debris From Japan Tsunami Headed Towards U.S.

Tons of Debris From Japan Tsunami Headed Towards U.S.

Official U.S. Navy Imagery /CC BY 2.0 It has nearly been a year since that horrifying magnitude-9 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the coast of Japan, but the trouble is still far from over. According to scientists, a significant portion of the estimated 25 millions tons of debris washed to sea from the deadly natural disaster is on a collision course with U.S. shores, threatening to add another dimension to an already profoundly devastating event. There's estimated to be 1 to 2 million tons of material remaining out at sea nearly 12 months after the tsunami swept through Japan, and experts say that 1 to 5 tons of it may very well reach the west coast of North America -- but it is slow moving. It won't be until the first half of next year, reports the San Jose Mercury News , that the first of the tsunami debris driftes ashore to the Hawaiin islands. A few months aft...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/tons-japanes...

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