The debris field caused by the tsunami in Japan last month is moving towards the US faster than scientist first predicted. Recently a Russian ship, STS Pallada, documented the tsunami debris field on a trip from Honolulu to Japan. The contents of this floating junk pile confirm that it is in fact the floating debris from the Japan tsunami, according to The Daily Mail.
The University of Hawaii researchers have been tracking this debris field since the day the Japan tsunami’s retreating water pulled 20 million tons of debris out to sea. Here is the latest information on this floating field of garbage.
Tsunami Debris field contents:
This floating pile of debris contains anything that was washed off the land and out to shore. The STS Pallada reported seeing a 20 ft Japanese fishing boat, refrigerator, TV, furniture and various household items. Anything that can float is in this moving pile of garbage. Wood planks from buildings, along with other building materials were also spotted by this ship. “We keep sighting things like wooden boards, plastic bottles, buoys from fishing nets [small and big ones], an object resembling a wash basin, drums, boots, other wastes,” according to the crew of the Pallada.
Tsunami Debris field human bodies:
Back in April, the debris field contained as many of 20,000 thousands of bodies of people missing and believed washed out to sea. While the bodies will decompose and sink, there’s still a possibility of some disturbing finds among the debris, such as feet still secured in sneakers. Feet inside sneakers could last a few years in the water. It’s been seen before in shipwrecks, where DNA would confirm the feet were from a ship that sank years prior to the finding. The possibilities of these macabre discoveries do exist according to LA born Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer in an interview with LA Weekly.
See the area map of the Japan tsunami debris field HERE.
This debris field is mass; the Russian ship was finding the debris for a few days along their journey. They first spotted the floating garbage about 2,000 miles from Japan.
Tsunami Debris field path and timeline:
The debris field is due to come ashore on the Midway Islands this winter, making its way to the US shores, hitting Hawaii first in two years. It should make its way to the West Coast of the US a year after that. The main problem today is the debris field is a danger to ships, especially the smaller ones.
Reference: Daily Mail, LA Weekly