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    Japanese Tsunami Debris Arrives in Oregon

    Oregon Parks and Recreation Department photograph shows a very large and heavy dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach, north of Newport, Oregon on June 6, 2012.
    Oregon Parks and Recreation Department photograph shows a very large and heavy dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach, north of Newport, Oregon on June 6, 2012.
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    A huge dock that was cast away by last year's devastating Japanese tsunami has washed ashore 8,000 kilometers away on an Oregon beach in the northwest U.S. Pacific region.

    The 20-meter-long concrete and metal structure came ashore early Tuesday morning about 170 kilometers southwest of Portland, ending a nearly 15-month journey across the Pacific Ocean.  Chris Havel, a spokesman for the state's Parks and Recreation Department, said Japanese diplomats confirmed the floating dock came from the northwest part of the country, thanks to a small metal plaque with Japanese writing attached to it.



    Various debris from the March 11, 2011 natural disaster began appearing along the western U.S. coast.  But Havel said authorities were not expecting any debris of this size to wash up on U.S. shores for a long time.

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    ​"The larger, heavier objects that were mostly submerged, the prediction was those would be driven mainly by currents, and that the guess was that those would take a little more time to arrive, it would mainly arrive next year," said Havel. "So seeing something like this, this large, this early, is a surprise, but predictions like that are not a matter of pulling out some book and looking at a table of figures and saying ah-ha, it will take exactly 32.1 months for this object to arrive.  There's a lot that's not known about circulation patterns out at sea."

    • A man looks at the massive dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach on June 5, 2012, in Newport, Oregon.
    • The metal plaque from a large dock that washed ashore Oregon's Agate Beach.
    • The large dock that washed ashore early on June 5, 2012 on Agate Beach in Oregon.
    • An exotic pink Japanese acorn barnacle is attached to a dock float that washed up on Agate Beach near Newport, Oregon, June 7, 2012. State authorities are considering how to dispose of the millions of marine creatures that hitchhiked across the Pacific Oc

    Havel said the dock had an empty space in the middle which allowed it to float across the ocean from Japan to the United States.  Tests conducted on the dock were negative for radiation, which it could have picked up after the tsunami caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

    Havel says officials are trying to decide how to dispose of the deck, and who would be responsible paying for it.  

    An abandoned Japanese fishing boat appeared off the coast of the northwestern U.S. state of Alaska in late April, more than a year after it was sent it drifting aimlessly across the Pacific Ocean by the tsunami.  It was sunk by a Coast Guard vessel out of concerns it would pose a significant danger to ships sailing in the area.

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    by: James from: Nebraska
    June 08, 2012 7:05 PM
    Demolishing the dock is likely cheaper than hauling it somewhere and refurbishing it for use again; I suspect the property owners around the area see it more of an eyesore than a museum piece, and if every piece of debris that washes ashore is "preserved" we will have a lot of museums.

    by: Anonymous
    June 07, 2012 9:29 PM
    Keep it right there for Tsunami memorial musium if it is not health hazadous to people.

    by: Lady of the lake from: Loch Lomand
    June 07, 2012 1:18 PM
    The obvious solution is not to destroy the item but rather for some community, company or person to actually USE the dock.

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