The first tsunami debris from the earthquake in Japan have finally hit the shores of Hawaii. The Department of Land and Natural Resources has confirmed that boat debris found at Kahana Bay a week after Thanksgiving came from the 2011 Japan tsunami.
We have known for some time that debris from that earthquake and tsunami would hit Hawaii at some point, and now it seems that they have shown up in the form of a boat that was taken apart during all of the chaos.
The 20-foot boat was reportedly seen floating intact in the bay on Nov. 29. It apparently broke into pieces the following day on rocks on the bay’s outer edge. Recovered pieces of the stern included Japanese registration numbers.
The Japanese government confirmed that the numbers match a boat swept to sea in the aftermath of the magnitude-9.0 quake off Japan in March 2011.
There are also some questions regarding other debris that was recovered at Punaluu and whether or not that boat is also from the Japan tsunami debris.
We know that several powers that be are working on a plan to deal with all of the tsunami debris that is heading toward Hawaii from the Japan earthquake. With that being said, not many thought that debris would hit the islands this soon, as they were suppose to hit the coast of California before heading to Hawaii. The massive trash field created by the earthquake in Japan is going to be a lot to deal with.
Hopefully a good plan will be in place to deal with everything heading toward the Hawaiian Island chain.