By: Nir Barnea
The March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan claimed nearly 19,000 human lives, injured more than 6,000 people, and destroyed and damaged countless buildings. As a result of the tsunami, a portion of the debris that washed into the ocean has reached U.S. and Canadian shores, a process that will continue over the next several years.
Three and a half years after the tragic disaster, much has been done to study the Japan tsunami marine debris transport, deposition, and impact. Oregon Sea Grant, in collaboration with its partners, produced a video to present several aspects of addressing the Japan tsunami marine debris, including: the assessment and removal of invasive species that arrived from Japan on tsunami debris, a collaborative effort with a group from Japan to clean up marine debris from an Oregon beach and identify its sources, a shoreline survey to study deposition of marine debris, and an overall perspective of the Japan tsunami marine debris in the greater context of marine debris in the world ocean.
Click HERE to read the Sea Grant Blog and watch the video.