Floating tsunami trash to be a decades-long headache | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
PARIS (AFP) - The tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan in March 2011 created the biggest single dumping of rubbish, sweeping some five million tonnes of shattered buildings, cars, household goods and other rubble into the sea.

 

About three-and-a-half million tonnes, according to official Japanese estimates, sank immediately, leaving some 1.5 million tonnes of plastic, timber, fishing nets, shipping containers, industrial scrap and innumerable other objects to float deeper into the ocean.

 

Marine experts poring over the disaster say the floating trash adds significantly to the Pacific's already worrying pollution problem.

For many years, and possibly decades, items will be a hazard for shipping, a risk for sea mammals, turtles and birds, a hitchhiking invitation for... (Click title for more)