discarded clothing from tsunami

Refrigerators, TVs and other debris dragged into sea when a massive earthquake hit Japan last March, causing tsunamis as high as 130 feet (40 meters) to crash ashore, could show up in remote atolls north of Hawaii as soon as this winter, with other pieces reaching parts of the West Coast in 2013 and 2014, experts say.

Debris from the tsunami initially formed a thick mass in the ocean of Japan’s northeastern coast. But ocean currents have dispersed the pieces so they’re now estimated to spread out some 3,000 miles halfway across the Pacific.

[…]One million to 2 million tons of debris remain in the ocean, but only 1 to 5 percent of that could reach American and Canadian shorelines, Maximenko said. The tsunamis that followed the magnitude-9 earthquake generated 20 million to 25 million tons of debris, including what was left on land.

Continue reading at: Debris from tsunami to reach West Coast, join Great Pacific Garbage Patch – CSMonitor.com.

Never heard of the garbage patch? Check out the Wikipedia article explaining the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and watch the TED video of the man who first found the floating mass of trash, Charles Moore.