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Japan Tsunami Debris on Pagan Island: Financial Problems May Lead to a Second Environmental Mess

What would motivate a small island nation to settle for the foreign mining of its pozzolan resources, and sell one of its most limited commodities : land? This is a story about how a small island in the tropical pacific was proposed as a dumpsite for trash from the 2011 Japan tsunami.

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US Braces for Tsunami Debris, but Impact Unclear

More than a year after a tsunami devastated Japan, killing thousands of people and washing millions of tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. government and West Coast states don’t have a cohesive plan for cleaning up the rubble that floats to American shores.

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Official: Dock found in Oregon is debris from Japan

A nearly 70-foot-long dock that floated ashore on an Oregon beach was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year’s tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean.

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Pacific bluefin tuna transport Fukushima-derived radionuclides from Japan to California

Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away, the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance…

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Fukushima’s Radiation Effects: World Experts to Assess Impacts

Pre-eminent world experts on the effects of atomic radiation agree today to start an assessment of the radiological impact of the events, and provide scientific insight on the magnitude of the releases to atmosphere and to the ocean…

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Flotsam from 2011 Japan tsunami reaches Alaska

It’s been more than a year since a massive quake devastated northeast Japan, and the debris believed to be from that disaster is now washing up more than 4,000 miles away, on Alaska’s shores.

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Japan tsunami Debris Moves Towards US and Canada

The tsunami swept as much debris into the ocean in one day as is usually dumped in a year, threatening wildlife and the Pacific’s ecology. Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska should get much of the debris, while most of California might be protected by currents pushing objects back out to sea. Hawaii, however, is in line for several deposits of tsunami trash.

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Japan Sea Sediments Tell of Past Tohoku Quakes

Previous earthquakes that rivalled the March 2011 Tohoku tremor in size may be recorded in sediment samples just recovered from the seafloor off Japan’s coast.

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Radiation from Japan found in kelp off US West Coast

Radioactive iodine was found in kelp, sampled from coastal California, following last year’s earthquake-triggered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, according to a new study.

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