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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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


January 2013