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The front quarter of the Japanese Tsunami Dock that came ashore in Newport June 4th of last year, has had a corner cut out of it and will transported to the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HSMC) tomorrow at around 10:30am. A corner piece of the 40-ton segment of the dock will be placed and permanently mounted at the start of the center’s Tsunami Education Trail that leads walkers from HMSC to the base of Safe Haven Hill, on the west side of Highway 101 at the south end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
What was the east quarter of the dock was originally shipped, along with the other pieces, to a salvage yard in Sherwood, near Portland. The dock was expected to be used as road bed material for highways. But the end section was returned to Newport so it could be used as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the March 11, 2011 Japanese Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that wreaked havoc of death and destruction along the east coast of Japan’s Honshu Island.
The dock piece will be mounted immediately east of the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Visitors Center. A memorial plaque will be mounted on it. The memorial will be designated as an educational artifact of the immense power of Pacific Rim earthquakes and the massive destruction caused by the tsunamis they generate.
The memorial dedication will take place on Sunday, March 10th (March 11th in Japan – across the International Date Line) at 2pm. The event is free and the public is cordially invited.