May 23rd, 2012
05:27 PM ET

Japan Tsunami Debris hits U.S. shores

CNN's Casey Wian reports on debris reaching American shores emanating from Japan's 2011 devastating Tsunami.

Flotsam from 2011 Japan tsunami reaches Alaska

Residents of towns in the Alaska Panhandle have begun picking up plastic bottles, chunks of foam insulation and floating buoys from Japan's 2011 tsunami.

"This is urethane spray building foam," Chris Pallister, president of the conservation group Gulf of Alaska Keeper, said as he picked through trash on Montague Island, about 200 miles north of Juneau. "We just never got much of that before. But if you walk up and down this beach, you see big chunks."

Hi-res photo gallery: Japan tsunami debris reaches Alaska


Tune in to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p ET for more coverage.

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  1. Jeff Knox

    I'm amazed that the "one-off" Fukishima disaster's toxic refuse is so well publicized and discussed. Ye there is nothing about the toxic refuse and pollution that's been pouring into the Tijuana River Valley in South San Diego, California for over 30 years! We don't have to look to Asia for what is possibly the worst on-going ecological disaster in the world – certainly the worst in North America since the Love Canal. The question is, are YOU willing to investigate, expose, and follow up on it?

    May 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply

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