Scientists at Hatfield Marine Science Center HMSC) are calling on the public to keep an eye out for many of these objects that may still be floating off the coast. A number have already come ashore along the American west coast. A large flotilla of these radio beacons were set adrift from the east coast of Japan some months after the big 2011 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the Sendai region of that island nation. The transponders have small radios aboard that trackers back in Japan could keep track of as they drifted across the Pacific toward North and Central America. Japanese scientists wanted to gather data as to the exact course these transponders took so predictions could be made as to where the majority of tsunami debris may wind up, thousands of miles away.
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