Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tsunami debris washed from Japan to Oregon

It had initially been estimated the tsunami debris would hit land on the west coast of North America in 2013 but items started washing up in April this year, beaching in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. They are just starting to reach California now.

In Oregon, 32 large bins have been placed along the coast as tsunami rubbish drop-off points.

Sandy Hayden, who lives in the nearby fishing town of Newport, says the debris-clearing volunteers are sensitive to what the debris is.

"It's a reminder of what happened, so it's not just trash. It was people's belongings and people's livelihoods and people's homes," she says.

More than 15,000 people died in the tsunami. The images of whole villages being dragged into the ocean remain vivid in the minds of anyone who saw them.

Story: http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19812373