Three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, some debris from the disaster still continue to be swept away into shores of nearby islands and coasts within the Pacific. A small vessel covered with sea vegetation and other marine life was discovered in the Ocean Shores off the coast of Washington, which officials are trying to check if it was a remnant of the 2011 disaster in Japan.
Deputy director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Charles Wallace is coordinating with the consulate of Japan in Seattle to help in identifying the vessel. “There are some markings however it is difficult to determine if they are letters or not,” he said. To help find out where the boat came from, it was sent to the Washington State Department of Ecology so they can take a sample of the vegetation surrounding the vessel. The process, which will take around a week, will analyze and study if those that were found came from the waters around Japan.
This is not the first time huge material or debris was found washed up in shores within the coastline. In the Washington coast alone, the debris of a whole dock was found a year after the disaster. The U.S. even put up a hotline to report debris discovered in coastal areas up until last year when the government decided that it will shut it down since there have been lesser incidents reported.
[via NY Daily News]
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