A plan to return part of the Japanese Tsunami Dock to Newport, where it washed up last June, took a temporary detour on Wednesday. It appears there was a miscommunication as to how big it was. The piece delivered by Axis Cranes of Sherwood (suburban Portland) was too big to be a part of a Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial at Hatfield Marine Science Center at South Beach. So it was diverted to the Port of Newport’s International Terminal off the Bay Road to await having a smaller piece cut out of it. The rest of the dock will be recycled.
Former Newport Mayor Mark McConnell says the piece will be incorporated into an educational display outside the Hatfield Marine Science Center, reminding visitors and HMSC that the facility is in the middle of a tsunami inundation zone and displays maps outlining escape routes to higher ground. McConnell says the piece will also note the thousands of lives lost in the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11th, 2011. McConnell says they hope to have the memorial up and ready for visitors before March 10th at HMSC.