The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting that debris from last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami could drift up on west coast shores anytime, but it will likely be in small pieces. Whole houses, dislodged from their foundations in the city of Sendai, Japan, won’t suddenly arrive in one piece, caught on the sands of Cannon Beach. NOAA says what we’ll see are small pieces of debris like building materials, fish netting, buoys and pieces of buoyant materials.
However, Oregonian reporter Lori Tobias says 2013 looks to be a more likely the year that Oregon will see as much debris as will come ashore. Tobias says she was told that a lot of the debris may circle back western toward the Hawaiian Islands in a vortex around the area.
Here’s Loris report in the Oregonian. Click here.