5 million tones of debris washed into the ocean, 1.5 million tones of them to reach west coast of the US

According to NOAA, widely scattered debris may show up intermittently along shorelines for a long period of time.
Japan Ministry of the Environment estimated that 5 million tones of debris washed into the ocean and 30% of that debris are still dispersed north and east of the Hawaiian Archipelago.

<Quote> [NOAA]
A NOAA modeling effort shows that some buoyant items have reached the Pacific Northwest coast during winter 2011-2012. More debris is likely still dispersed north of the Main Hawaiian Islands and east of Midway Atoll.
NOAA anticipates that in the late fall and throughout the winter of 2012-2013, seasonal changes in North Pacific winds and currents will cause marine debris of mixed types to wash ashore on western coastlines of North America. Hawaii can also expect to see mixed debris during this time, since debris will likely travel west toward the Main Hawaiian Island with ocean currents.
5 million tones of debris washed into the ocean, 1.5 million tones of them to reach west coast of the US



Français :

5 millions de tonnes de débris emportés dans l’océan, 1,5 millions de tonnes vont atteindre la côte ouest des USA

Selon la NOAA, les débris largement dispersés peuvent apparaître par intermittence sur les rivages pendant longtemps.
Le ministère japonais de l’Environnement a estimé que 5 millions de tonnes de débris ont été emportés dans l’océan et que 30 % de ces débris dérivent toujours au Nord et à l’Est de l’archipel d’Hawaï.

<Citation> [NOAA]
Une modélisation de la NOAA montre que quelques objets flottants ont atteint la côte nord-ouest du Pacifique au cours de l’hiver 2011-2012. Beaucoup plus de débris sont vraisemblablement toujours dispersés au nord des principales îles d’Hawaï et à l’Est de l’atoll de Midway.
NOAA prévoit qu’à la fin de l’automne et pendant tout l’hiver 2012-2013, les changements saisonniers des vents et des courants du Pacifique Nord vont pousser les débris marins de tous types le long des côtes occidentales de l’Amérique du Nord. Hawaii peut aussi s’attendre à voir arriver divers débris au cours de cette période puisque les débris dérivent dans les courants allant vers l’ouest à travers les îles hawaïennes.
5 million tones of debris washed into the ocean, 1.5 million tones of them to reach west coast of the US





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4 Responses to “5 million tones of debris washed into the ocean, 1.5 million tones of them to reach west coast of the US”

  1. Dave says:

    Good luck to you and your effort to keep us informed about this terrible disaster.

  2. Jay says:

    The fact that TEPCO built a Seismic Isolated Building as an emergency centre steps away from the reactors speaks volumes about their knowledge of approving ( at least ) the six Fukushima reactors in an active tectonic area with a guaranteed tsunami on top ( based on geological strata ) .

    WHO orchestrated this construction fully knowing the high chances of a major earthquake in our life time ?

    Why didn’t we hear of a scientist commiting harakiri over that decision ?

    There , we have Three reasons why Fukushima happened !

  3. Len Giles says:

    The Japanese were fully aware of the fact that their country is earthquake-prone. This geological fact did not deter them from building dozens of Nuclear reactors all over Japan.
    The Greek philosopher SOCRATES once said: “Man’s greatest enemy is his stupidity.”

  4. Hi Iori, In 2 days (Jan 17) I interview for video/TV Nick Fisher who is studying tuna fish in Pacific for radioactive contamination (e.g., cesium). I need to know ASAP what is the latest on the leakage from the damaged reactors in Fukushima – are they still leaking? as much as before, or is the leakage lessening? Also would like to know latest on the contamination of the rivers and groundwaters around Fukushima, the plant, the prefecture. Please get back to me ASAP. You have my email.
    All the Best,
    Conrad Miller MD

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