Debris from Japanese tsunami arrives in Kodiak

Associated PressDecember 27, 2011 

In this Dec. 20, 2011 photo provided by Dave Kubiak, Alexus Kwachka holds a yellow float in Kodiak, Alaska. The float, along with 6 others, have been identified as coming from oyster farms in Japan after the tsunami.

AP PHOTO

KODIAK, Alaska -- An avid beachcomber has found tsunami debris from Japan washed up in Kodiak. KMXT says Dave Kubiak in September found a large, white plastic float but wasn't sure if it was tsunami debris. When he found seven, he suspected something was going on.

Pictures of the floats were sent to Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who is well-known for his study of flotsam and how it travels through the ocean. He sent the pictures to the national media in Japan and asked for help identifying the floats.

Ebbesmeyer says the floats have been identified as coming from oyster farms.

He says debris will continue to wash up on shores from Kodiak to Oregon for the next few years.

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Information from: KMXT-FM, http://www.kmxt.org

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