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Second Torii Washes Ashore Near Florence

OPB | April 9, 2013 9:05 p.m. | Updated: April 10, 2013 8:10 a.m. | Portland

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A second kasaga, the top, horizontal beam of a torii, has washed ashore on the Oregon coast near Florence. In March a similar object was found on the beach near Oceanside.

Both items are thought to be from sacred archs in Japan that were destroyed and set a drift on the Pacific by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.

The red and black torii was first reported Monday evening at the Siuslaw South Jetty and State Park workers removed it from the beach Tueday morning. The torii is being stored at a nearby state park maintenance compound.

The Consular Office of Japan in Portland has been notified of the find. The exact origins of both objects have yet to be identified.

Beach visitors are encouraged to report unusual amounts or kinds of marine debris by calling 211 while on the coast.

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