Tons of Japan Tsunami Debris Will Hit America

by Owen James Burke

Computer generated models suggested that tsunami debris wouldn’t begin to reach the Midway Atolls until spring of 2012, but recent reports say certain objects may be moving faster than expected.

A map provided by the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) in Hawaii forecasts the flow of debris for each year.

The training ship STS Pallada spotted debris near Midway in September, the mass containing everything from roofs and houses to fishing nets, boats, and refrigerators. New predictions say that Hawaii may start seeing debris as soon as 2013, but the West Coast of the United States probably still won’t see any wreckage for another four years.

*For those sailing the Pacific, it has been requested that any sightings of floating debris from the tsunami be reported, to both and the IPRC at


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