Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/5/2013 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Check out these stunning images, interactive link.

An amalgamation of flotsam from the 2011 tsunami which swept Japan following one of the largest Earthquakes in recorded history, will soon strike the West Coast of the United States after more than two years of floating on the currents across the Pacific.

An eerie whirlpool was created of the Japanese coast by the 2011 tsunami.

An eerie whirlpool was created of the Japanese coast by the 2011 tsunami.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/5/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Japan, debris, Texas, West Coast, debris field, tsunami, 2011, 2013, path, size, quantity, danger, flotsam


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Beachcombers have already found the first debris, ranging from boats to soccer balls, and even a motorcycle from Japan on West Coast beaches. However the debris thus far found, since April, 2013, will be little in comparison to the debris about to come ashore in the next several months.

Just northeast of Hawaii, and approaching  the U.S., is a debris field the size of the state of Texas, floating eastward at a pace that will bring it to western shores over the next year. Most of the debris is expected to turn south, then west, back towards Japan with the currents, but many artifacts will certainly wash ashore as the bulk of the flotsam passes south, off the coast.

The debris field is approximately the size of the state of Texas and has already passed northeast of

The debris field is approximately the size of the state of Texas and has already passed northeast of the Hawaiian islands.



An estimated five tons of debris is thought to remain afloat out at sea. At least one ton may come ashore, mostly in California.

This image shows the projected path of debris over time.

This image shows the projected path of debris over time.


The debris includes wrecked homes and structures, boats, and millions of other smaller items. Large storage drums, empty containers, and other, smaller items are expected. Plastic and wooden items will probably be the most common. Floating docks have already washed ashore in Washington and Oregon.

Flotsam from the field reveals entire houses and boats amid the debris.

Flotsam from the field reveals entire houses and boats amid the debris.


The debris should be more prevalent in California as currents turn the body of flotsam south, then back to the west.

Click here to watch an interactive graphic of the debris field.


Beachcombers are warned to avoid any debris that could contain hazardous materials or otherwise be dangerous. Despite leaks from the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, no danger from radiation is expected.

This can of bug spray could leak hazardous chemicals. People are warned to be careful if they see an

This can of bug spray could leak hazardous chemicals. People are warned to be careful if they see any debris on the beach and to watch children closely.


The likelihood of finding human remains is virtually zero. Still, beach-goers are advised to use caution when walking the strand and swimming and should avoid contact with any large debris. Instead, they should report the debris to local authorities for cleanup.

The documented range of debris is from Alaska in the north to the Philippines in the south.

Not all of the debris is dangerous. This soccer ball washed up earlier in the year. It bears the nam

Not all of the debris is dangerous. This soccer ball washed up earlier in the year. It bears the name of the child to whom it once belonged.



The debris field remains dense in parts. This Navy photo shows the debris field following the quake.

The debris field remains dense in parts. This Navy photo shows the debris field following the quake. Although much of the material has sank or dispersed, it remains a danger to swimmers and craft at sea. Large quantities of fishing tack are especially dangerous as they can entangle people and objects, not to mention marine life.



Japanese fishing buoys are already coming ashore regularly in the Pacific Northwest.

Japanese fishing buoys are already coming ashore regularly in the Pacific Northwest.



This motorcycle washed ashore earlier in the year, the unlucky owner possibly a victim of the tsunam

This motorcycle washed ashore earlier in the year, the unlucky owner possibly a victim of the tsunami, which makes the find particularly haunting.



This floating dock came ashore in Oregon after crossing the ocean from Japan. Although larger items

This floating dock came ashore in Oregon after crossing the ocean from Japan. Although larger items are uncommon, there are many such large artifacts in the debris field.



Boats of various sorts have already made their way across the Pacific, entirely dead. Most of these

Boats of various sorts have already made their way across the Pacific, entirely dead. Most of these ghostly ships, like this one, have finally sank.




A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Even state-recognized church in China targeted for persecution Watch

Image of The Chinese government has infringed upon the freedom of its citizens, including gross violations of human rights and targeting churches.

By CNA/EWTN News

The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. (CNA/EWTN News) - "There's a huge gulf now" between China and the Catholic ... continue reading


Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death by hanging on blasphemy charges Watch

Image of In spite of international outrage and hundreds of thousands of people signing a petition for her release, Asia Bibi lost an appeal to have her sentence overturned. She now faces death by hanging.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Pakistani Christian woman has been sentenced to death by hanging following accusations that she made blasphemous comments about the prophet Mohammed. While harvesting berries in 2009, 46-year-old Asia Bibi got into a fight with a group of Muslim women who ... continue reading


Persecuted Indonesian Christians worship in strip mall Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Evangelical Christian Church in Bekasi, Indonesia is held in a most unusual place. Driven from traditional houses of worship on account of hardline Islamists, many Christians here have taken to worshiping in out-of-the-way places, such as this strip mall.  LOS ... continue reading


It's getting harder to be a Christian in Indonesia - hardline Muslims prevent the opening of churches, burn others Watch

Image of Indonesian Muslims demonstrate against Christians on Christmas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Christians in Indonesia are facing increasing persecution as hardline Muslims gain more influence in government. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country and is moving increasingly towards Sharia law. JAKARTA, INDONESIA (Catholic Online) - Indonesia is the ... continue reading


Aware of Islamic State, Filipinos pray daily for Pope Francis' safety during January visit Watch

Image of General Gregorio Catapang Jr. asked in a statement that all Catholic service members to also pray a rosary daily for the Pope's safety when he visits the Philippines from January 15 to 19.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Gregorio Catapang Jr. asked in a statement that all Catholic service members to also pray a rosary daily for the Pope's safety when he visits the Philippines from January 15 to 19. Military and government ... continue reading


Jesuit social activists meet to ask -- have we failed the poor? Watch

Image of Secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace Teesta Setalvad drew the Jesuits' attention to the emerging socio-political situation in India that imperils Dalits, Adivasis and minorities.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A recent convention of Jesuits engaged in social work in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka met in Bhopal. The question asked was, following decades of work, have we failed the poor? Much remains to be done, and a clear, ... continue reading


North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un believed still in charge, in spite of low profile Watch

Image of Speculation is running rampant about why Kim Jong Un has been out of the public eye. Kim had been seen hobbling earlier in the summer, prompting theories ranging from weight gain to gout.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many North Korean experts agree that 31-year-old dictator Kim Jong UN is still in power, in spite of not being seen in over a month. The leader was last seen on September 3 attending a concert with his wife. Analysts say that if Kim was no longer in power, ... continue reading


An Indian sex worker strikes back at the dirty cop who forced her into prostitution Watch

Image of An unidentified sex worker in India got revenge on the body of a police officer who forced her intro prostitution, murdering him and burning his body in Mumbai.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The body of an Indian constable was found partially burned in a slum in Mumbai, but the circumstances surrounding the death are horrifying. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A 29-year-old sex worker was arrested for the murder, and she told police that she killed ... continue reading


Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize award Watch

Image of According to the Nobel committee, Malala Yousafzai at 17 is the youngest ever peace prize winner.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A brave Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot and injured for daring to attend school is sharing the Nobel Peace Prize. Both India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai were recognized for their struggles against the suppression of children and for ... continue reading


Hand stencils, paintings in Indonesian 'raises questions about early mankind' Watch

Image of The art in Cantabria is so old, in fact, it has been suggested the paintings may have been made by Neanderthals who came to Europe before modern man.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Prehistoric hand stencils and cave paintings dating back almost 40,000 years have been discovered in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The artwork was drawn onto limestone cave sites in the south west of the country. Said artwork is almost as old as those found in Europe. ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 2:12-22
12 do not forget, I say, that you were at that time ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 12:35-38
35 'See that you have your belts done up and your ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 21st, 2014 Image

St. Hilarion
October 21: Abbot and disciple of St. Anthony the Great, companion of St. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter