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Old 08-04-2011, 19:14   #1
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Floating Hazards In North Pacific

Japanese tsunami debris to reach West Coast in 2014 - British Columbia - CBC News


If you are cruising the North Pacific over the next few years keep a good watch. It's could be a little cluttered.
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Old 08-04-2011, 19:43   #2
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Re: Floating Hazards In North Pacific

A good article from the telgraph....
Massive floating rubbish islands from Japan tsunami spotted on Pacific


and a crummy graphic:

Claiming that in 3 years it shall hit the U.S West Coast, and in the mean time it is going to be a significant marine traffic hazard.

"Cars, tractors, boats and the occasional entire house have been spotted floating on the surface of the Pacific Ocean in the aftermath of the March 11 Japanese tsunami triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

A graphic depicts the predicted location of the Japan debris field as it swirls towards the U.S. West Coast
The largest 'island' of debris stretches 60 nautical miles (69 miles) in length and covers an expanse of more than 2.2 million square feet, according to the US Navy's 7th Fleet, which is closely monitoring the floating rubbish.
'It is very large and it's a maritime hazard,' Lieutenant Anthony Falvo, deputy public affairs officer for the US Navy's 7th Fleet, told the Daily Telegraph."


amazing....
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I hope some of it will sink. You'd think it would.
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Can't imagine cars or tractors floating for 2 or 3 years in seawater. Even timber gets waterlogged eventually.
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Its stands to reason that there will be entire boats out there for years, if not the odd one that makes it to a decade.

Its a bit of a horrid thought in the video though. There are expecting to find lots of human feet. As the body decomposes and starts to breakup, running shoes will act as a bouyancy device and keep the foot in tact and afloat.
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Its stands to reason that there will be entire boats out there for years, if not the odd one that makes it to a decade.

Its a bit of a horrid thought in the video though. There are expecting to find lots of human feet. As the body decomposes and starts to breakup, running shoes will act as a bouyancy device and keep the foot in tact and afloat.
We're used to that on the left coast as they have found several in the past few years. Could be suicides or drowning victims. I just saw a news item where they found a victim of the tsunami when it came ashore in California.
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Re: Floating Hazards In North Pacific

Floating TRACTORS??? Give me a break! Perhaps a floating structure with a tractor on it, but I flatly disbelieve that any real life tractor will float on its own.

None the less, crossing the north Pacific gyre, always an adventure, may well become quite hazardous for small craft. On the other hand, perhaps a treasure-hunters or beach combers delight!

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2014. Beachcombing on the west coast of Van Isle. Gonna get me a me new car
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Re: Floating Hazards In North Pacific

The body of the man swept offshore in California by the tsunami has just been recovered 300 miles north near the month of the Columbia River.

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Tsunami-victim-remains-wash-ashore-near-Fort/S2ii-Y--j0WNKCAEV0tzcA.cspx
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PNW boaters have said they already don't sail/motor at night because of the normal/usual debris (mostly logs, trees, crab floats). Looks like it will only get worse. At least a house will be easier to see than a deadhead.
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When we rammed a barge in the Montevideo port channel, the SUVs and containers that fell off the barge sank immediately. So, I don't expect any automobiles, trucks, tractors or bulldozers to float far across the Pacific Ocean.



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Floating TRACTORS??? Give me a break! Perhaps a floating structure with a tractor on it, but I flatly disbelieve that any real life tractor will float on its own.

None the less, crossing the north Pacific gyre, always an adventure, may well become quite hazardous for small craft. On the other hand, perhaps a treasure-hunters or beach combers delight!

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Oh ye of little faith!
Here's a news account of floating tractors and such headed our way.

Japan earthquake and tsunami debris floating towards US West Coast | Mail Online
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Hmmm. Looks like lots of opportunity for profitable salvage.
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Here's a news account of floating tractors and such headed our way.

Japan earthquake and tsunami debris floating towards US West Coast | Mail Online
This link actually says tractor-trailor, what we usually call a semi in the U.S. I assume the tractor part will fall off the hitch and sink. Probably will be more common to find a trailor full of buoyant goods than a specialty scandinavian built farm tractor for use in a peat bog.

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