Marine debris item found in Seaview being examined

SEAVIEW, WASH. – State officials are examining a large, metal cylinder that washed ashore Monday at Cape Disappointment State Park to determine if it came from Japan as a result of being swept out to sea by the 2011 tsunami.

possible tsunami debrisThe cylinder is longer than a small pickup truck. While no markings have been detected yet, some algae and other sea life were attached to the item. View photographs on Flickr.

As a precaution, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife official will check it for potential invasive species. A Washington Department of Health official examined the cylinder Tuesday and, as expected, found no radioactive contamination above normal background levels.


News Director of Jodesha Broadcasting since October 2007. Dave Haviland moved to Grays Harbor in 1979 and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1993.