An old rusty Japanese fishing vessel, that was destined for the scrap yard when the big earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last year, has been drifting slowly across the north Pacific only to be met with cannon fire from a U.S. Coast Guard cutter. The Coast Guard says the empty hulk had become a hazard to navigation and could damage something when and if it ever came ashore somewhere along Alaska’s coast. So the Coast Guard filled it full of holes and sent the 164 foot Ryou-Un-Maru to the bottom. Further details from the Oregonian. Click here.