Ecology Department Confirms Illwaco Boat to be Tsunami Debris
Costs for the multi-agency response to the boat at Cape Disappointment, including equipment, staff time and travel associated with the 250-mile round trip for many of the responders, are still being tallied.
According to NOAA, as of Monday there are 404 total reports of potential tsunami debris along the West Coast from California to Alaska and in the ocean – 40 in the last week. Of these, eight are confirmed tsunami debris (now nine with the boat).
Anyone encountering oil or hazardous materials on Washington beaches should call 1-800-OILS-911.
More about tsunami debris:
* Widely scattered debris has been arriving intermittently along Pacific Northwest shorelines. For more information, go to NOAA’s marine debris website at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/.
* NOAA is actively collecting information about tsunami debris and asks the public to report debris sightings to [email protected].
* The Washington Department of Ecology has been distributing information about whom to call when citizens encounter debris. http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2012/itn01_debris.html
* Washington Department of Health believes it is highly unlikely any tsunami debris is radioactive. More at www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse/FukushimaUpdate/TsunamiDebrisFAQ.aspx
* It is possible that containers with hazardous materials will wash ashore. Don’t touch or try to remove the items. Call both the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and state EMD at 1-800-OILS-911 (1-800-258-5990).
* If boaters encounter large debris item still in the water, call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.