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17th November, 2011

Japan tsunami debris threatens Hawaiian monk seal

Media Watch, The Mainichi Daily News, 16 November 2011

Hawaii’s environment could be in danger as debris from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in March, including lumber and home appliances adrift in the Pacific, has been approaching, researchers said at a meeting in Honolulu on Monday.

“The larger the piece, the more dangerous the piece,” said Nikolai Maximenko of the International Pacific Research Center at the meeting on mitigating the impact of the debris on coastlines.

Large debris could damage reefs and shore-side facilities, while small debris could pollute beaches and injure endangered species such as the Hawaiian monk seal, said speakers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and marine cleanup groups. […]

Source: Scientists warn Japan tsunami debris endangering Hawaii, The Mainichi Daily News, 16 November 2011

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