Dock washes ashore in Oregon beach, confirmed to be Japan tsunami debris (Video)

By on Jun 7, 2012 in Environment, United States Comments

A huge dock washes ashore in a beach in Newport, Oregon, as shown in the news video below, which was later confirmed to be a March 2011 Japan tsunami debris, with the distance between Japan and Oregon noted to be about 5,000 miles.

Japanese dock that was washed ashore in Oregon
Image Credit: KATU News video

As noted at KATU News on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, the concrete and steel floating dock measures about 66 feet long, 19 feet wide, and 7 feet high, and arrived at Agate Beach at around 3 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday.

According to the report, Oregon Parks and Recreation spokesman Chris Havel said that a photo of the dock was taken and was sent to Japanese consulate in Portland, which was confirmed to be Japan tsunami debris and was later tested negative on radiation.

Apparently, a Japanese placard was seen at the dock that had a June 2008 date and bearing Zeniya Ocean Service Engineering Ltd as the company name. The dock was one the four docks from the port of Misawa, and was first seen on Monday floating ashore and was mistaken for being a barge.

“We were able to confirm from Aomori Prefecture that they don’t wish to have it returned.” Hirofumi Murabayashi, deputy consul general at the Japanese Consulate in Portland, was quoted in Daily Mail, noting that the three other docks are still nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden reportedly urged National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to redouble its efforts to track the debris, adding that there is a strong possibility that more debris could pose a significant threat to shipping lanes and fishing grounds.

As of this writing, Oregon Parks Department has not yet decided on what to do with the Japanese dock, which will either be helped back out to sea and towed away or be dismantled on the beach.

News report about the Japan dock that was washed ashore in Oregon
Video Credit: KATU News

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