Oceanographers in Washington say the 2011 Japanese Megaquake and Tsunami created a debris field in the ocean that’s nearly the size of California!
And they say the big black ball in this picture appears to be one of the first pieces of Japanese Tsunami debris to reach the west coast, months before most thought anything would.
The discovery was around Ocean Shores, Washington.
But the researchers who found this debris, Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Jim Ingraham, say this kind of float rides high and light and travels faster than most of the debris which is more or less traveling in a group somewhere near Hawaii.
The story from our sister station, KIRO-TV in Seattle, tells the story of the first Japanese Tsunami debris to reach the west coast. I found it very interesting–and it reminds us why we should take great care with any debris we find in the coming months. Watch the video.
See my posts on Japanese Megaquake and the Tsunami: