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					THE MARCH 11, 2011 EARTHQUAKE-
  TSUNAMI DISASTER IN JAPAN

       REMEMBERING: PART 2




   Walter Hays, Global Alliance for
   Disaster Reduction, University of
         North Carolina, USA
   ONE YEAR LATER:

  MORE THAN 20 MILLION
TONS OF TRASH FROM THE
MARCH 11, 2011 JAPANESE
 TSUNAMI IS HEADED FOR
        THE USA
 Millions of tons of debris
       represent a
HUGE MULTI-YEAR PROBLEM
        as well as
  an opportunity to learn
TSUNAMI TRASH DUMP IN JAPAN:
      MARCH 11, 2012
US NAVY PHOTO OF TRASH FROM MARCH 11, 2011
    JAPANESE TSUNAMI: MARCH 11, 2012
INITIAL REPORTS
  NATURE OF THE TSUNAMI
         TRASH
• The tsunami trash contains refrigerators,
  boats, houses, cars, and all kinds of
  debris.
• IT MAY also CONTAIN RADIOACTIVE
  MATERIALS because millions of gallons
  of radioactive water were poured into
  the ocean after the meltdown in March
  2011.
    LOCATION OF TRASH:
      MARCH 11, 2012

• About 3333 km (2,000 miles) south
  of Japan and 4333 km (2,600 miles)
  southwest of Cook Inlet.
 SIZE OF FLOATING TRASH

• About the size of the state of
  Alaska.
     ESTIMATED TIME OF
          ARRIVAL
• The floating trash is headed
  towards the beaches of Hawaii first
  in April, 2012, and then on to
  Alaska
• The trash is estimated to reach the
  Pacific Northwest states in 2014 and
  head back to the central Pacific
   MANY SCIENTISTS
BELIEVE THE TRASH WILL
 END UP IN “THE GREAT
   PACIFIC GARBAGE
 PATCH” (1660 km) 1000
MILES NORTH OF HAWAII
      THE GREAT PACIFIC
        GARBAGE PATH
• Discovered in 1997
• Contains millions of tons of the world’s
  trash kept in slow perpetual motion by
  rotating oceanic currents
• Hundreds of km (miles) across
• A DEAD ZONE FOR MARINE LIFE
THE TSUNAMI TRASH PLACES
 CLEAN-UP PLANS ON HOLD
• 2009’s tentative plans to clean-up and
  recycle the trash in the Pacific Garbage
  Patch are on hold now as the tsunami
  trash is about to be added to the mix.
• Intense monitoring is planned to
  determine the present levels of
  radioactivity in the trash and how they
  will change over time.

				
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