This coming March will be
two years since a massive tsunami devastated northern Japan.
Scientists say as much as
one and a half million tons of marine debris is still floating across the
northern Pacific. The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration predicts more debris from the tsunami could reach Hawaii shores as early
as this winter.
Carey Morishige is the Pacific Islands Regional
Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program. She explains that while it’s
hard to predict when the debris will reach Hawaii…computer models can predict where the
debris is likely to be.
If you come across tsunami
debris, please report it to the Department of Land and Natural Resources at
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)