February 7, 2013

Tsunami Debris Littering Alaskan Coastline.

Photo by Annie Feidt for NPR

Alaska's beautiful coastline is being inundated with debris from the Japanese Tsunami.

"At the state's Montague Island beach, the nearly 80 miles of rugged wilderness looks pristine from a helicopter a few thousand feet up. But when you descend, globs of foam come into view."-NPR News.

Read more in this article from NPR news.

Oregon is also getting tsunami debris on their coast, a small boat just washed up a few days ago.  Read more in this article.

Here at Save Our Shores we are training our docents and volunteers to keep their eyes out for tsunami debris in Santa Cruz and Monterey.  So far, our volunteers have found a few bouys, a plastic bottle and a sunscreen bottle that look like they are from the tsunami but have not been confirmed by NOAA.

What to do if you find tsunami debris:

Be safe: Use common sense and follow general safety guidelines. If you do not know what an item is, do not touch it.

Record information and send to NOAA: Items that are potentially related to the tsunami can be reported to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov with as much information as possible (including its location, the date and time you found it, photos, and any relevant descriptions). It is important to remember that not all debris found on U.S. shorelines is from Japan, so please use your discretion when reporting items.

1 comment:

  1. If you have an Android smart phone, you can also report debris via our free app, Coastbuster. This app lets you photograph the debris and upload your photos and some descriptive information to our servers. We then post them to Flickr and forward potentially hazardous/dangerous sightings to NOAA.

    Learn more at oceannetworks.ca/coastbuster.


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