15 January 2012

Tsunami debris arrives on the Canadian West Coast

Nine months after the deadly tsunami struck Japan the enormous debris field, washed out to sea when the water receded, has started to arrive on Canada's west coast. Much of the coastline is wilderness with absolutely no land access except for a few small fishing villages with connections to the interior. There are several National and Provincial Parks where access is possible and it is in these locales where the first signs of the disaster are being washed up. At the moment, the majority of the items are hundreds of plastic containers but much more solid debris is expected in the coming months. Various outdoor groups are cleaning the beaches and creating a database of collected items. The next few months will provide a snapshot of the devastation experienced by the people of Japan.