Tsunami Debris Reports Since 2013

18 01 2013


Tracking Japan’s Floating Tsunami Debris as it Drifts Towards California


Fukushima Contaminating the North Pacific

(newest at the bottom)

2012 reports are here

Washington State on this page is referenced as “Washington” or WA, Washington D.C. is referenced as “D.C.” to avoid confusion –

Items after June, 2012 with RADIATION as a topic will have a ♦ symbol at the front of the headline –


Dec. 1 – ENE-News – Captain: Massive amount of debris off Hawaii, “You had to be there… just kept going & going… so odd it was in straight line”

Nuke Pro – Large Mass of Possibly Radioactive Flotsam Spotted in Hawaii, aka We Killed the Pacific < has PHOTO

Nov. 5 – No solid mass of debris from Japan in the Pacific

Before It’s News – Island Of Debris From 2011 Japan Tsunami The Size Of TEXAS Is Heading Straight For The West Coast Of US

Texas-sized or all diffused and gone? We’ll soon see . . . .

Sept. 14 – Death of the Pacific. Fukushima Debris soon to hit American Shores

July 24 – Tsunami vessel from Japan washes on Crescent City, Ca. Beach

LINK –  http://youtu.be/DARSLDzGEW8

July 23 – GYRE Expedition to Alaska’s Remote Coastline discovers tsunami debris

LINK –  http://youtu.be/wc6XRRWVCQc

June 28 – Millions of krill wash up on Oregon and California beaches

June 17 – From Oregon – Marine Aquatic Invasive Species with the Japanese Tsunami Debris

April 27 – Tsunami Debris  Reaches California

Mar. 16 – ♦ Concern about radioactive contamination on tsunami debris heading to U.S. and Canada

Mar. 15 –  RTT: Japan alerts U.S. and Canada on possible clogging of shorelines — CNN: Tsunami debris makes its way into Hawaii wildlife

Feb. 11 – [US] Hawaii – Request for Proposals – Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris [removal]

Feb. 2 – White Paper – Tracking the sources and sinks of local marine debris in Hawai‘i

Styrofoam from Japan tsunami causing fears for Alaska wildlife < with video

Feb. 1 –  [Canada]  Tsunami debris litters B.C. beaches < has shocking video

Jan. 21 – Modeling the transport and accumulation floating debris generated by the 11 March 2011 Tohoku tsunami

Jan. 17 – PHOTOS: Crews inspect large dock on Washington State coast



July 28 – ENE-NewsResearchers: Radioactive materials detected off California, levels spike to 400% normal — Crew then discovers ‘island’ of tsunami debris — Never seen so much garbage in ocean before — TV: “Disturbing new images from Pacific… looks like islands of plastic” 1,000 miles from coast — 7 tons and 80 ft. long, can walk on it as if land (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Aug. 8 – VIDEO: Fishermen Report ‘Waist-High’ Fukushima Debris in Pacific

Canadian fishermen off the coast of Langara Island in British Columbia say they are seeing “waist-high” debris from Fukushima, Japan, that goes on for up to 15 miles floating in the Pacific Ocean. They are concerned that some of this detritus may be radioactive or contaminated by toxic waste as a result of the now-infamous meltdown of the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant in 2011.

Oct. 27 – The Japanese Environmental Action Network (JEAN) recently hosted a symposium on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, BC.

The purpose of this symposium was to update NGOs, government departments and the general public on the current state of tsunami debris that travelled from Japan to North America.

Japanese participants provided news of the recovery and cleanup efforts in Japan. This was followed by updates on cleanup efforts along the west coast of North America, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii. The symposium was also a great opportunity for members of various NGOs to share ideas about shoreline cleanup strategies and methodology.

The event can be accessed on the Vancouver Aquarium’s Youtube channel:


July 7 – San Francisco’s Ocean Beach Cleanup Yields Big Trash

July 12 – Alaska Starts Cleaning Up Debris From Japan Spread by 2011 Tsunami

NBC News did a story



Five years on, tsunami debris on ocean floor near Fukushima nuclear plant remains untouched

Fukushima’s Impact on North America: Tsunami debris, invasive species and radionuclides



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