With the latest development of a large dock that washed up on shore in Oregon many more people are wondering how much more could be coming? The answer could be lots let likely the massive floating dock that recently made its appearance in the Eastern US would be one of the largest. This peace of debris likely had a little extra push from the wind due to its large surface area sticking out of the water as it traveled across the Pacific Ocean.
Nearly 1.5million tons of debris washed in to the sea after the devastating Earthquake and a massive ensuing Tsunami that struck Japan on a fateful afternoon on the 11th March of 2011.
All these debris has to go somewhere right? Well NASA developed this very useful model below showing where the debris could be going and how fast.
I would also like to address some things that has been bothering me a little over the past several weeks. It is peoples constant fear of the cleanup effort that could be coming along there beaches and if any of the debris may have radiation. I would first like to start off by pointing out the country of Japan was devastated by a massive tsunami killing thousands and leveling whole townships and the recovery is still ongoing. Just recently I heard from local media that the state of Oregon has requested Japan to pay for the cleanup effort of the large dock and other debris that has come ashore on its beaches. I find this information appalling and as I have not been able to prove its volatility I sure do hope it is false.
The 66-foot (20-metre) long dock is made mostly of concrete and metal, with a small metal plaque with Japanese inscription attached to it. It washed up early on Tuesday morning on scenic Agate Beach, just North of Newport, Oregon, about 110 mi (177 km) Southwest of Portland. The structure has traveled a record distance of 4,971 mi (8,000 km) for the last fifteen months in all.
The world is a small place and we should all be helping each other get through natural disasters like this one. Not requesting a recovering nation to use there resources. Japan likely would be able to afford it, but it just seems like to me it would be a case of someone falling in to a mud puddle and being soaked from head to toe while another person nearby gets slightly splashed on there shoe from the persons incident. Then requesting the now drenched person to get a towel and clean there shoe for them.
I want to also specify the above is only directed at a few, most people understand these facts and have been doing all they can do to help out. Its just that I have been seeing more and more speak of these two things lately and I would like to remind everyone that Japan continues to recover from one of the worst natural disasters in history. So next time you see a peace of garbage float up on the beach of the west coast that may have been from Japan. Don’t complain about it, pick up and think to yourself that you are helping in your own way towards the tsunami recovery.
Thank you for reading and as always the above is my opinions and comments and are not a reflection of any other news agencies. As always if you have any comments please post them in the comment box below. Please be respectful!
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