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April 12, 2013 at 7:00 AM

A possible tsunami artifact at Discovery Bay?

Cindy Beckett was driving along Thursday morning when she and her husband spotted something red on the beach at Discovery Bay. Intrigued, they pulled over to check it out.

“We’re beach combers, so we had to have a look,” said Beckett, who lives in Port Townsend. “We are always looking for treasure. We are still looking.”

But what they found was pretty cool all the same:

Cindy Beckett is wondering if this piece of a plastic portable gas can might be a piece of Tsunami debris. She and her husband found it washed ashore at Beckett Point in Discovery Bay. Most debris has been found on the outer coast.  Photo courtesy of Cindy Beckett

Cindy Beckett is wondering if this piece of a plastic gas can might be a piece of Tsunami debris. She and her husband found it washed ashore at Beckett Point in Discovery Bay. Most debris has been found on the outer coast.
Photo courtesy of Cindy Beckett

While she doesn’t know for sure what it is, Beckett posted a photo of the object on Facebook, wondering if it’s perhaps a piece of debris from the devastating March 11, 2011, Japan tsunami. It claimed nearly 20,000 lives, destroyed countless homes and structures and swept some 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean.

Most of it sank near Japan’s shore, but some has been traveling the Pacific ever since. Only a few confirmed items have been documented in Washington. Who knows, maybe Beckett’s find is yet another. Any ideas? Post a comment and let us know.

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