The Honolulu Star Advertiser is reporting that officials on Oahu say the first debris from the March, 2011 Japanese tsunami may have arrived. A researcher looking for monk seals spotted a blue plastic container with the name of a Japanese company, Y.K. Suisan Co. Ltd, known to have lost factories in the tsunami. It’s around 4 foot square and arrived with standard Pacific marine life–barnacles, crabs, and sea birds.
It was spotted Tuesday around 150 yards offshore, near Rabbit Island and the Makai Research Pier. A similar container washed up in Vancouver Island in Canada in June.
University of Hawaii researchers say their projections indicate debris will get here and this could be the first.
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