Japanese dock washes up in US over one year after tsunami

A 70-foot dock that was washed away from Japan by last year’s devastating tsunami washed ashore on a beach in Oregon, America.

The origin of the nearly 70-foot-long dock was confirmed by the Japanese consulate in Portland, Oregon, by means of a commemorative plaque naming the manufacturer, and the discovery of a starfish native to Japan among the marine life still clinging to the structure more than a year after it went adrift, said Chris Havel, Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation spokesman.

“This is tsunami debris, not just from Japan, but from the tsunami itself,” Mr Havel said.

A radiation check of the dock came up negative, which was to be expected if the dock broke loose before the nuclear power plant accident triggered by the waves, Mr Havel said. The parks department was overseeing efforts to identify and remove the dock.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk