Up to 20 million tons of debris from Japan’s tsunami moving toward Hawaii

· Japan, United States
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Debris from Japan’s tsunami approaching Hawaii. (KITV/ABC)

Some 5 to 20 million tons of debris–furniture, fishing boats, refrigerators–sucked into the Pacific Ocean in the wake of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami are moving rapidly across the Pacific. Researchers from the University of Hawaii tracking the wreckage estimate it could approach the U.S. West Coast in the next three years, the UK Daily Mail reports.

“We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20  million tons of debris coming from Japan,” University of Hawaii  researcher Jan Hafner told Hawaii’s ABC affiliate KITV.

Crew members from the Russian training ship the STS Pallada “spotted the debris 2,000 miles from Japan,” last month after passing the Midway islands, the Mail wrote. “They saw some pieces of furniture, some appliances, anything that can float, and they picked up a fishing boat,” said Hafner. The boat was 20-feet long, and was painted with the word “Fukushima.”  “That’s actually our first confirmed report of tsunami debris,” Hafner told KITV.

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  1. Khalid Munir

    Is there a message which effects people living in those regions? Are they taking some measures to avert the situation?

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