Scientists have traced the trajectory of millions of tons of trash and debris caught in the Pacific Ocean after Tsunami in Japan March 11. It is projected that within two years the garbage avalanche reaches Hawaii, and three — the U.S. West Coast, writes The Daily Mail.
Investigation was conducted by researchers from the International Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Hawaii. According to estimates, the tsunami washed away hundreds of millions of tons of scrap — televisions, refrigerators, furniture, etc. Of them afloat are now about 20 million tons.
Within six months, Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hefner used a computer model of ocean particles to predict the further trajectory of debris. "I would not want to spread panic. But people need to know what they will face," — said John Hefner.
The wreckage was found in the area, which believed. In late September, the Russian ship "Pallada", returning to the port of Vladivostok, found a trace of the "Japanese junk". "On September 22, we found a Japanese fishing vessel. Radiation level was normal. Then we also saw a TV, refrigerator and other household items," — told the sailors.
Immediately after the earthquake, some oceanographers fear that the Hawaiian Islands will bring "thousands of feet of dead Japanese," recalls TSN.ua. Like, the bodies themselves are unlikely doplyvut, they rather drown. But severed feet, shod in boots can last long in the water. However, according to sailors, the "Pallas" they saw only shoes, no legs.
The crew gave the coordinates of the detected debris in the University of Hawaii. They help scientists are correct computer model. But it is clear that it works.
First time in the ocean, in addition to debris floated whole houses — some 200,000 eroded. There were some vehicles — trailers and even cars. Now large items almost gone, except in the case of vessels, but small began to move faster.
Fortunately Americans living on the west coast, all the rubbish they have left: some drift away to Alaska or returns back to the ocean through the existing here giant whirlpool. And as a result, much of what was washed away from Japan, will join the huge trash "continent", which is located in the Pacific Ocean. It is called the great pacific garbage patch — the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
According to some estimates, the spot size can reach the area of several states, in others — more than the U.S.. Swims there mostly plastic and wood layer about 10 meters. Keep all this circular flow.