1.5 million-tons of tsunami debris headed for PNW

Seattle PI. July 1: 

NW braces for 1.5 million-ton onslaught of tsunami debris

Ecology teams across the Pacific Northwest are bracing for the onslaught of tsunami debris headed for our shores — and a cleanup effort unlike anything we have ever seen.

Boats, homes and a giant dock have already washed up on our coast. And that could be just a foretaste of what’s to come.

On Sunday, Oregon opened tsunami debris dump stations, just days after a new report painted a grim picture of what lies ahead.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 1.5 million tons of debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is still offshore and will continue to wash up on Pacific Northwest beaches for several years to  come.

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