It was an incredible journey: a humble boat belonging to a Japanese high school has been confirmed as the first debris from the March 11, 2011 tsunami to reach California, after it washed ashore on a Crescent City beach on April 7th.
The barnacle encrusted and largely intact boat didn't look like much, but a sharp-eyed local geologist snapped a photo of the boat and sent it to the Facebook page of Takata High School in the Japanese town of Rikuzentakata, reported local paper the Del Norte Triplicate.
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The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed on Thursday that the boat indeed belonged to the marine sciences program at Takata High School, reported the Associated Press, which was assisted by the Japanese consulate in confirming the find.
Debris from the 2011 tsunami has washed ashore at a number of other US locations and continues to do so, although the high school's errant boat was a first for the Golden State.
Other debris has been tracked by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which reported in March of this year that a massive 185 ton dock had finally been removed from the Olympic Coast of Washington State. That's a lot of flotsam and jetsam.
More debris is expected: the NOAA website notes that it "anticipates that in the late fall and throughout the winter of 2012-2013, seasonal changes in North Pacific winds and currents will cause marine debris of mixed types to wash ashore on western coastlines of North America."
Keep a careful eye out on your next beach vacation — and before you ask, no, that debris almost certainly isn't radioactive.