Up to 20 million tons of tsunami debris headed for U.S. shores

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  1. dannyboy

    dannyboy Junior Member

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    Grahame, agreed 100%. But I've a long way to go yet.

    I liked this from the PRI Turkey story on the Home page:

    "Systemic change is only possible with the simultaneous transformation of individuals, communities and institutions that constitute the system. A system changes when the critical majority of the components reach a new level of consciousness. This is only possible when the individuals’ perception of the reality that they are in has changed, where they can establish a cause-effect relationship of the system and then see their role in the order of things"

    As a civilization, man we've got a real long way to go!
     
  2. Pakanohida

    Pakanohida Junior Member

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    Indeed.

    So here is a thought, is TEPCO responsible for the nuked material in the ocean coming to US shores? If it was simple debris and flotsam I would be less worried, but it isn't, and this is truly a world wide tragedy.
     
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    WASHINGTON — The 2,000-mile-long debris field from the March tsunami in Japan is expected to reach beaches in Hawaii next winter and hit Washington state's coast starting in late 2013.

    Yet U.S. authorities can't say yet how much of the massive flotsam will sink as it swirls through the North Pacific gyre and how much will wash ashore. They are pretty certain it won't be radioactive — requiring special disposal — but don't know for sure.https://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/mobile/?type=story&id=2016674184&
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    The massive sea-going debris field is said to measure 350 miles wide by 1,300 miles long, and to travel at ten miles per day. Eventually, some part of it will reach U.S. shores, and Cantwell would like to know how we are going to deal with it before then.https://thesunbreak.com/2011/11/04/...loating-to-west-coast-landfall-photo-gallery/
    Scientists say much of the debris will end up in the great, amorphous zone known as the Pacific Garbage Patch, where fragments of modern society hang in the water, leaching chemicals and contaminating fish and seabirds. But a fraction, maybe 5 percent to 10 percent, of the tsunami debris will wash up on shore. These objects of metal, plastic, wood and rubber — all sea-changed and barnacled — will be a reminder that the vastness of the planet is easily matched by the human capacity to generate indestructible waste. And they will be an echo of a tragedy, for many years to come.https://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/opinion/after-the-tsunami-a-widening-gyre.html
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    Members of the U.S. Navy's 7th fleet, who spotted the extraordinary floating rubbish, say they have never seen anything like it and are warning the debris now poses a threat to shipping traffic.
    'It's very challenging to move through these to consider these boats run on propellers and that these fishing nets or other debris can be dangerous to the vessels that are actually trying to do the work,' Ensign Vernon Dennis told ABC News.
    'So getting through some of these obstacles doesn't make much sense if you are going to actually cause more debris by having your own vessel become stuck in one of these waterways.


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    But the amount of tsunami debris, while massive, still pales in comparison to the litter that is dumped into oceans on a regular basis, Mr Ebbesmeyer said.



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