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Q&A: Tsunami Debris Not Your Everyday Piece Of Driftwood

OPB | March 26, 2013 6 a.m. | Updated: March 26, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Portland

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To date, the most famous bit of tsunami debris to wash up on the Oregon Coast was a 19-foot dock that broke free in Japan and came ashore on Agate Beach last summer. Late last week, something else washed up, in Oceanside.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department was called about part of a boat -- but instead found floating material that could be debris from the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department was called about part of a boat -- but instead found floating material that could be debris from the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.

Judson Randall

And if it is tsunami debris, it’s a heartbreaking reminder of the disaster that struck Japan two years ago. Judson Randall found it.

He works at Portland State University, but he spends his weekends at Oceanside, and he joined OPB’s Geoff Norcross to discuss his discovery. Click the “play” button, above, to listen in.

Oregon Parks and Recreation employees loaded debris on a trailer to haul it off the beach.

Oregon Parks and Recreation employees loaded debris on a trailer to haul it off the beach.

Judson Randall

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