Tsunami in Japan – disaster for our nature, fishing, navigation, foreshore and beaches, for ever !

See this:

In a couple or more years, when most of the tsunami debris will hit The BC coast, the headline might read like this:

“Johnson Straight closed by Tsunami debris !”


Tsunami debris floating in the Pacific imageimage

More images: Here you can see them all. Including  

These are just sample pictures of what is on the way. Some high floating and wind catching items are already on the shores.

I am worried that nobody is in charge of this clean up now.

When the main debris hit the shores it is too late. We can not have an army of people and machines on all our beaches. For many years.

We can not burn it. We can not bury it. We can not transport it. No way !

And it will be everywhere. For ever.

And this will be a constant mass hitting the beaches every year. And it will not stop at the outer beaches, it can easily clog the Johnstone Straight and other seaways.  

Much of this debris is unique. Oriental marine species that might not be welcome on our coast. Building materials, insulation, fluids, chemicals and so on; probably not much welcome on our beaches.

This debris must be intercepted off shore, way off shore. Utilizing everything the  Canadian Navy and Coastguard, commercial fishing and marine transport industry can muster.

With help from Japan and the US.

Load the crap on to big barges and freighters, and send it back to where it came from. They will have methods of destroying the materials, they also know what it all is.

I am worried, when it happens, a round of blaming each others, not a Federal responsibility, not Provincial, not Municipal nor Regional.

When disaster areas have to be declared, it is too late !

To remind you – BBC described the disaster like this: 

The quake hit at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) and this is how the disaster unfolded (March 11th.2011.)

Japan’s most powerful earthquake since records began has struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami.

Cars, ships and buildings were swept away by a wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude tremor, which struck about 400 km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo.

A state of emergency has been declared at a nuclear power plant, where pressure has exceeded normal levels.

Officials say 350 people are dead and about 500 missing, but it is feared the final death toll will be much higher.

In one ward alone in Sendai, a port city in Miyagi prefecture, 200 to 300 bodies were found.

The quake was the fifth-largest in the world since 1900 and nearly 8,000 times stronger than the one which devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, last month, said scientists.

Thousands of people living near the Fukushima nuclear power plant have been ordered to evacuate.

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At the scene

image of Roland BuerkRoland BuerkBBC News, Tokyo

In the centre of Tokyo many people are spending the night in their offices. But thousands, perhaps millions, chose to walk home. Train services were suspended.

Even after the most violent earthquake anyone could remember the crowds were orderly and calm. The devastation is further to the north, along the Pacific coast.

There a tsunami triggered by the quake reached 10km (six miles) inland in places carrying houses, buildings, boats and cars with it. In the city of Sendai the police found up to 300 bodies in a single ward. Outside the city in a built-up area a fire blazed across several kilometres.

Japan’s ground self-defence forces have been deployed, and the government has asked the US military based in the country for help. The scale of destruction from the biggest quake ever recorded in Japan will become clear only at first light.

Japanese nuclear officials said pressure inside a boiling water reactor at the plant was running much higher than normal after the cooling system failed.

Officials said they might need to deliberately release some radioactive steam to relieve pressure, but that there would be no health risk.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had earlier said the US Air Force had flown emergency coolant to the site.

But US officials later said no coolant had been handed over because the Japanese had decided to handle the situation themselves.

The UN’s nuclear agency said four nuclear power plants had shut down safely.

Measured at 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, it struck at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) at a depth of about 24km.

The tsunami rolled across the Pacific at 800km/h (500mph) – as fast as a jetliner – before hitting Hawaii and the US West Coast, but there were no reports of major damage from those regions.

Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas in the states of California, Oregon and Washington.

The biggest waves of more than 6-7ft (about 2m) were recorded near California’s Crescent City, said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

A tsunami warning extended across the Pacific to North and South America, where many other coastal regions were evacuated, but the alert was later lifted in most parts, including the Philippines, Australia and China.

Strong waves hit Japan’s Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, damaging dozens of coastal communities.

A 10m wave struck Sendai, deluging farmland and sweeping cars across the airport’s runway. Fires broke out in the centre of the city.


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