Environment | Local

Tsunami Dock Removed From Washington Coast

AP | March 28, 2013 1:38 p.m. | Updated: March 28, 2013 3:12 p.m. | Forks, Washington

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the last of a 65-foot long tsunami debris dock was removed Thursday from a remote beach on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula near Forks.

This ocean-drifting dock washed ashore in a remote section of coast in the Olympic National Park, between LaPush and the mouth of the Hoh River.

This ocean-drifting dock washed ashore in a remote section of coast in the Olympic National Park, between LaPush and the mouth of the Hoh River.

Washington Department of Ecology

The Undersea Co. of Port Townsend began work March 17, cutting up and airlifting out pieces. Company President John Nesset said it was like opening a 185-ton concrete package filled with foam packing peanuts.

Japan paid most of the $628,000 removal cost. A serial number showed the dock came from Aomori Prefecture during the March 2011 tsunami. A similar dock was removed last summer from a beach at Newport, Ore.

The Washington dock landed within a wilderness portion of Olympic National Park and also within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

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