Tsunami Debris from Japan Creeping Towards Shore

Ahhhh bliss. It’s a beautiful Friday before a loooong spring weekend. Birds are chirping, it’s sunny and warm, and- …OMFG THERE’S A GIANT ISLAND OF TOXIC DEBRIS FLOATING TOWARDS THE WEST COAST!

Aerial View of Japan Tsunami Debris Island


Miles of debris swept into the Pacific during the tsunami that slammed Japan in March 2011. The photo above is the largest “island” of trash and it covers 2.2 million square feet.

That’s just the biggest chunk of it. The entire mess is…well, it’s pretty big. Here’s a map of its projected path:

Map: Projected Path of Japan Tsunami Debris

Photo: from The Telegraph

Trash is already starting to wash ashore.  The mass of floating debris (not including the heavy items that sank) is thought to weigh 1.5 million tons.

You can see more photos in this slideshow on The Telegraph’s website.

Scientists say the trash is “safe” and most of it will just swirl around in the ocean indefinitely, fulfilling its destiny to join the growing garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

So nothing to fret about really. There’s tons of fresh drinking water on other planets!

Japan Tsunami Debris - Fuel Spills

Photo: Associated Press


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