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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:36 AM
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Researchers: Hawaii (& coastline from Vancouver to CA) may get hit with trash from Japan's tsunami
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 09:52 AM by Turborama
Source: CNN

The Hawaiian islands may get a new and unwelcome addition in coming months -- a giant new island of debris floating in from Japan.

Researchers in Hawaii have created a simulation showing exactly how the houses, tires, chemicals and trees washed to sea by the March 11 tsunami will float across the Pacific and eventually hit the U.S. coast.

The team, led by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner at the International Pacific Research Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa have spent years preparing computer models by following real world observations of floating buoys, according to a statement.

The first wave should begin washing up on beaches in Hawaii within a year, the simulation shows. After it passes Hawaii it should begin hitting beaches stretching from Vancouver down through Oregon, Washington and to the tip of Baja California in 2014, before bouncing back toward Hawaii for a second impact.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/04/07/japan.debri...



More details and simulation at the link.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:13 AM
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1. I don't know if CNN or the researchers used the word "trash",
but given that said "trash" consists of the remains of missing thousands and everything thousand others owned, "trash" is a poor choice of words.

How careless of the Japanese to allow their "trash" to reach our pristine beaches!
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:04 PM
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11. CNN did use the word "trash", hence the use of it in the subject line.
As per LBN's rules.

They also referred to it as "flotsam and trash" towards the end of the article.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:17 PM
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13. I figured it was CNN, and tried to phrase my comment so it
aimed at them and not you as OP. I'm glad you posted this.
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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:26 AM
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2. I don't
think they meant anything bad by calling the ruins coming from Japan as "trash."
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:59 PM
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15. "Trash" implies materials that were already waste
The better word in this case is "debris"
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:33 AM
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3. anything created by man
is "trash" in the oceans.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:48 AM
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4. When I First Heard This I Thought of the Great Pacific Gyre
and thought maybe it had been displaced?

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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:07 PM
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12. They do say it will all end up in the "North Pacific Garbage Patch" in the end n/t
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:53 AM
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5. Maybe we can send them
Maybe, we send them our foreclosed homes. After BP's junk shot, the oceans seem to be our junk yards. Drill Baby, Drill.
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tahrir Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:20 AM
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6. How much will be radioactive?
and when will it stop?

:'(
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:23 AM
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7. Any way to recycle this trash?
Hear me out - we could get huge trawlers to go out into the ocean, and collect this debris

Then take it somewhere where the lumber can be separated from the plastics

Just trying to make a little lemonade here....
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:29 AM
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8. I wonder how much of it is radioactive?
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tahrir Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:24 PM
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14. i wonder if they will test it?
:shrug:
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:32 AM
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9. opps never mind...nt
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 11:38 AM by ElsewheresDaughter
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:50 AM
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10. Nonsense!
Japan is waaaaaaaay over there! It's not even on the same planet, Is it?


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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 07:29 AM
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16. Plutonium is forever
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