3. Items From a Japanese Bathroom
There have been a number of reports about the debris cast into the ocean by the devastating March 2011 tsunami in Japan. Citizen scientists have been engaging in floating archaeology to sight and gather debris. 1,000 miles east of Japan in the Pacific Ocean, crew members of the Sea Dragon have found a 150-foot-section of a boat, a soccer ball, a volleyball and a Bridgestone tire marked with the words “made in Japan.”
Ken Campbell and two other professional sea kayakers started the Ikkatsu Project in May to examine the islands off the coast of Washington, whose cliffs are “virtually inaccessible” by foot. A pile of lumber yielded the “lid of a potty-training toilet, a laundry hamper, a bottle of cherry-flavored cough syrup, several brown glass bottles and pieces of a washing machine marked with Japanese characters” — perhaps from a bathroom that was washed out to sea by the tsunami?
Photo of debris from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan via Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Impassionedcinema
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