By: Asma Mahdi, Outreach and Communications Specialist
How much debris from the March 2011 tsunami that struck Japan swept out into the ocean and dispersed over the great Pacific? What have we found so far? How can we tell if the debris we find is from the tsunami, when debris is an everyday problem?
Take a journey with us as we document marine debris spotted on U.S. coasts in the two years after the disaster. Check out our Google map with update-to-date information on confirmed tsunami debris items and our debris sightings video.
Check out our Japan tsunami marine debris tri-fold to learn about what you should know when it comes to tsunami marine debris. This guide will help you organize a beach cleanup and tell you what you should and should not pick up.
Want more specifics on handling debris? Check out our marine debris handling guidelines. If you come across unusual and large debris items, be sure you contact the proper authorities listed here.
Marine debris is an everyday problem that we can easily reduce and prevent with simple actions. Just remember your three “R’s:” Reduce, reuse and recycle. To learn more, visit us online (www.MarineDebris.noaa.gov) and always remember to “Keep the Sea Free of Debris!”