Debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami has spread across the northern Pacific Ocean for some three thousand miles. The debris includes boats, lumber and other debris that was ripped from the costal towns during the tsunamis last year. All of this debris could be washed up on the west coast of the United States sometime in 2013. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration some of this debris could wash up on atolls northwest of the Hawaiian Islands. Some of the other pieces could reach the coasts of Washington State, Alaska, Canada, and Oregon from 2013-2014 in the month of March.
Initially, all this debris collected in a big thick mass in the ocean right after the tsunamis had dragged boats, cars, homes, and other debris but most of the debris most likely sand not to far from Japan’s eastern coastline. West of Hawaii, in September 2011, a television set, refrigerator, and other appliances were spotted by a Russian training ship. After all this time, most of the debris have drifted so far apart that all you can see if one piece of debris at a time.
There is approximately one to two million tons of debris still in the ocean but they figure only one to five percent of that amount could reach the above mentioned states. All total, including what is still on land, the tsunamis generated a total of twenty to twenty-five million tons of debris. At this time, no debris has been found on the shores of the United States. There is little chance of any of the debris containing radiation. Much of the debris is expected to be from the fishing industry in Japan, which could pose a risk for wildlife if any fishing gear washes up on beaches or coral reefs.