OLYMPIA, Wash. – NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is chatting on Twitter at noon today, with NOAA Marine Debris Program Director Nancy Wallace to answer questions about tsunami debris.
You can tweet your questions to @NOAAdebris using hashtag #TsunamiDebris.
Almost two years after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, some tsunami debris has reached U.S. shores. The Government of Japan estimated that the tsunami swept about 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean and that about 70 percent sank shortly after. The remaining 1.5 million tons dispersed far across the North Pacific Ocean.
What types of debris are expected to reach U.S. shores and where? Is the debris radioactive? What should I do if I see debris? Get answers to these questions and more during our Japan Tsunami Marine Debris TweetChat.