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What You Should Know About Japan Tsunami Marine Debris



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?

Find the answer to these questions and more online! The NOAA Marine Debris Program has put together a suite of information on Japan tsunami marine debris, including ways you can get involved and help keep our beaches clean.
Read up on the issue, and then share it with a friend!
Get the full picture with our Japan tsunami marine debris infographic. This infographic tells the tsunami debris story and describes the general movement we expect from debris.

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 ( and always remember to “Keep the Sea Free of Debris!”

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

2 thoughts on “What You Should Know About Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

  1. Reblogged this on The Red Elm and commented:
    This entire blog is a great idea. #japan #tsunami #debris #pnw

  2. I’m really glad this website was put together. Protecting our habitats is one the most important things we can do. After all, 90% of our modern medicines can trace their origin to nature.

    PS: The JTMD pamphlet link appears to be broken.

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