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Did Tsunami Dock Wash Ashore in Washington State?

Experts have set out to examine the structure which came ashore on a remote beach

In this June 6, 2012, photo, a man looks at the tsunami dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach in Newport, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

FORKS, Wash. (AP) - Tsunami debris experts are setting out to examine a dock that washed ashore on a remote beach in Washington.

David Workman, a spokesman for the state Marine Debris Task Force, said the team left Thursday to try to confirm the dock drifted across the Pacific after the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

It also will look for any invasive species that may be carried by the debris.

The Coast Guard spotted the dock Tuesday on a wilderness beach in Olympic National Park. Stormy weather has contributed to trouble reaching it.

Officials say it appears to be similar to a Japanese dock that washed ashore last June in Newport, Ore. That debris was cut up and removed.

The team represents federal, state and tribal agencies.

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phishman1

How could a dock made of stone, "float" across the pacific?

December 21 2012 at 10:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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arjohny

in a word: "magic"

December 21 2012 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
michaelfreres

How come there is no news that it is approaching? And that officials are there "to welcome" it to US soil. Whenever I read stories like this it is like a surprise.

December 21 2012 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

A dock survives a trans-Pacific journey only to possibly be cut up as debris. Understand there might be some invasive species attached to it or living on it, but would be nice to have as a sort of Memorial to what had happened on the other side of the Pacific.

December 20 2012 at 2:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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