Japanese Dock Lands on Oregon Beach

June 7th, 2012
in econ_news

Econintersect:  A few days ago we relayed reports that scientists had measured radioactive Cesium in Bluefin Tuna caught last August off the California coast japanese-dock-oregon-2SMALLthat came from the nuclear plant meltdown resulting from the earthquake and tsunami last March in Japan.  See GEI News.

A massive 66 foot long dock washed away from Japan by the tsunami last year arrived on an Oregon beach on Tuesday % June 2012.  It was been immediately tested for radioactive contamination and found to have none.   It is one of four such monsters, measuring 66 feet long by 19 feet wide by 7 feet high that were torn loose from moorings almost 15 months ago.  The other three have not yet turned upClick on caption photo for larger and more complete view of dock.

Follow up:

This may be the first identifiable debris from Japan to arrive at the Pacific coast of the lower 48, but other items have been showing up in Alaska.  In April the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska sank a Japanese ghost ship that had been adrift for more than a year.  In January several large buoys believed to be from a Japanese oyster farm showed up on the Alaska panhandle coast.

On 25 May 2012 Brian Williams reported NBC Evening News that a basketball from a Japanese school had been recovered in Alaska.

It is reported that the Japanese school would like the basketball back but the owners do not want the dock returned.

John Lounsbury


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