Tsunami debris that drifted across the Pacific Ocean after the devastating Japan tsunami has finally arrive in Alaskan shore. Guess what? The first round of documented debris found are volleyball and soccer ball, stuff that are normally found on the beach during summer.
MSNBC reports, "The sports balls were spotted by radar technician David Baxter on treeless, windswept Middleton Island in the Gulf of Alaska." As also noted, Japanese ghost ship Ryou-Un Maru spotted in the Southeast Gulf of Alaska , but the risk of colliding it to another vessel forces the U.S. Coast Guard to sanked the vessel on April 5 with rounds of ammunitions.
The tsunami soccer ball found stirs a little drama, as it turned out marked by pen writing identifying the 16-year-old Misaki Murakami the owner and name of his school. David Baxter with his Japanese wife who found the ball managed to contact the teen owner in Japan. As it turned out the ball will have a happy ending of being reunited with the owner after 4,500-mile drift in more than a year journey across the Pacific.
The brand name of the tsunami soccer ball is not known yet but Mikasa is the famous sports ball in Japan and with this news it could boost the sales. There are no report on the owner of the other ball but far volleyball are perfect for this summer in the beach, who knows a voleyball net is on its way now.
Tsunami debris were also made it through Shi Shi northwest of Washington state during the beach clean-up done by volunteers during the weekend, according KGW News.
Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has estimated that 3 million tons of debris are expected to wash up the Pacific this year targeting beaches in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and northern California.