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Japan’s Tsunami Debris to Hit Coasts of California, Hawaii

“If you live in Hawaii, California, British Columbia, Alaska or Baja California, here is some bad news: According to computer models made by scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, all the debris washed out by the Japan tsunami is coming your way.

The Debris timeline:

  • March 2012: The debris plume approaches the north of Hawaii.
  • March 2013: Plume starts reaching the rest of the Hawaiian islands on their way to the West Coast.
  • March 2014: The debris cloud will touch the West Coast, dumping trash on California, British Columbia, Alaska and Baja California’s beaches.
  • March 2015: By now, the plume will be swimming its way into that shameful spot called the North Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • March 2016: Five years after the disaster, another wave of “stronger and longer-lasting” debris will reach Hawaii again.”

The Debris timeline

March 2012 | The debris plume approaches the north of Hawaii. According to their simulation, pieces will start to arrive to the beaches of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.
March 2013 | Plume starts reaching the rest of the Hawaiian islands on their way to the West Coast.
March 2014 | The debris cloud will touch the West Coast, dumping trash on California, British Columbia, Alaska and Baja California’s beaches.
How Japan's Tsunami Massive Debris Plume Will Hit California and HawaiiMarch 2015 | By now, the plume will be swimming its way into that shameful spot called the North Pacific Garbage Patch, which more than a patch is a sea of floating trash that, according to the latest study by the US National Science Foundation, could be twice the size of Texas right now. There, according to Maximenko and Hafner, it will “wander around and break into smaller pieces.”
March 2016 | Five years after the disaster, another wave of “stronger and longer-lasting” debris will reach Hawaii again.

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  1. April 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

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