[image from celsias.com]
Wow, kids, I just talked to my son Jon, and he told me about something that isn't on the nightly news - and it should be. He says the U.S. Navy reported a gigantic mass of floating debris from the tsunami in Japan, in the Pacific - "islands" of debris so large they pose a shipping hazard. The debris is expected to make its way across the ocean, hitting Hawaii within a year, and the entirety of our west coast - from Alaska all the way down to Baja - by 2013.
Then the debris is expected to wind up in the North Pacific "Garbage Patch", already teeming with garbage.
I looked online and found only one article about it at www.celsias.com/article/japanese-tsunami-sends-massive-debris-ocean
Citing researchers at the International Pacific Research Centre, the article says "Some estimates place the debris size at as much as two million square kilometres, twice the size of our province of Ontario." Wow.
Observers have seen whole buildings, cars and boats floating off the coast of eastern Japan. They say travelling across the ocean in storms will break up some of the debris, but some could make it across intact.
Sounds like a huge cleanup will be needed when that happens. Why isnt this on the news, one foolishly wonders?