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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Floating dock spotted off Grays Harbor may be tsunami debris

Officials are monitoring the water off Grays Harbor following reports of a large dock drifting about 16 nautical miles offshore.

The dock was spotted Friday by fisherman aboard the vessel Lady Nancy, but has not been seen since. The Quinault Indian Nation has joined federal and state officials in monitoring the ocean and coastline while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration crunches data to determine the object’s likely trajectory.

Officials said the object appeared to be similar to a dock that beached in Oregon in July. It’s possible that the object is among the 5 milllion tons of debris that washed into the Pacific Ocean following the 2011 tsumani in Japan.

The government of Japan estimated that most of the debris sank quickly. But about 1.5 million tons was dispersed across the north Pacific Ocean.

NOAA said it has received approximately 1,432 reports of debris. Of those, 17 have involved debris from the tsunami. For more information, visit http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris and http://marinedebris.wa.gov

Comments | Topics: dock, Japanese tsunami debris, NOAA

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