Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have used modeling software to predict when and where debris will come ashore from the tsunami that struck Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011.
The predictions are:
In about 1 year, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument will see debris on its shores.
In about 2 years, the remaining Hawaiian islands will see some debris.
In about 3 years, the debris will reach the US West Coast, washing up on California beaches and along the coastline of British Columbia, Alaska, and Baja California.
Debris will subsequently drift into the infamous North Pacific Garbage Patch, where it will break down into smaller and smaller pieces.
In about 5 years, Hawaii shores can expect to see a larger and longer-lasting barrage of debris.
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