Debris after the March tsunami soon reached the island of Hawaii Natural Disasters
The wreckage and debris washed into the sea tsunami following the March earthquake in Japan have increased by several million tons of the total amount of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. According to preliminary estimates the debris should reach the coast of California in 2013, but the first encounter with the U.S. territories will be much sooner. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. claim that partially submerged wreckage came close to the north-west coast of Hawaii in the winter 2011-2012.
Immediately after the earthquake and tsunami huge layers of rubble and debris were visible on the surface of the ocean, but they soon dispersed: some went under the water, while others were crushed under the influence of light, wind and water. At present it is impossible to trace the movement of debris from satellite images, but according to computer models, they are still moving in the direction of the wind and currents. Moreover, according to their area ranked models dissipation increases all the time.
What are the debris and garbage? Most likely, they are not contaminated, and are composed of parts of the destroyed buildings, plastic, rubber and metal devices of various sizes, which surfaced after the accident. According to Japanese experts total waste amounts to 25 million tons, but not all of it is directed towards the American coast.
While it is difficult to assess the real danger of approaching the wreckage and debris to populated shores. Obvious is the fact that large objects will destroy coral reefs and impede navigation. Scientists National organized groups to collect data and encourage all to register the information in a timely manner.