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Japan Tsunami Debris: Washington Officials Eye Apparent Barge As Possible Debris

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In this June 6, 2012 photo provided by Chris Pallister, debris is strewn across the shore of Montague Island near Seward, Alaska. More than a year after a tsunami devastated Japan, killing thousands of people and washing millions of tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean, neither the U.S. government nor some West Coast states have a clear plan for how to clean up the rubble that floats to American shores. (AP Photo/Chris Pallister) | AP File

WESTPORT, Wash. (AP) — Officials are monitoring a large piece of possible tsunami debris that appears to be a barge about 25 miles off Washington state's coast.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Deputy Director Chuck Wallace tells KBKW that the object looks to be about 25 feet by 16 feet and could've been torn away by the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Wallace says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been tracking the debris moving along the coast near Westport, Wash., for about a week. Officials don't when or where it might wash ashore.

Other pieces of tsunami debris that have hit North America's shores include boats, soccer balls and a shipping container holding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. In June, a 66-foot dock ripped loose by the big waves landed on Agate Beach near Newport, Ore.


Information from: KBKW-AM,

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