20 Million Tons of Debris From Japanese Tsunami On Collision Course With Hawaii and the West Coast

This is only a very small sample of the images from the mass of tsunami debris touring the Pacific Ocean.

A Russian training vessel spotted a massive conglomeration of debris from the horrific Japanese tsunami floating slowly but surely in the Pacific ocean, already 2,000 miles from the Japanese mainland.  The massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake that set off the tsunami on March 11, 2011 literally sucked tons of wreckage from homes, automobiles, boats, and basically anything that could float into the ocean where the currents have gathered it into a future tidal wave of debris that will eventually make its way across the Pacific and land somewhere on the West Coast of the United States.  Currently, the mass is passing north of the Midway Islands and Hawaii, so it has thus far not caused any

A chart showing the trajectory of the debris.

disruption.  It is moving so slow that researchers at the University of Hawaii believe that it might still take three years for it to reach California and the West Coast.

There seems to be little reaction to the tsunami wreckage, but one can imagine what it would be like for 20 million tons of debris to wash up on the gorgeous beaches of California.  Not to mention that it will probably cause problems for ships and boats as it moves off the open sea and into more populated areas.  As of yet, there is no plan to deal with the wreckage, and scientists and engineers are at a loss for what, if any, measures could be taken to stop its collision course with the United States.  The Asian tsunami was just as terrible, but the way it hits islands more than mainland caused the amount of debris to be much less than the behemoth that hit the Japanese mainland, also triggering an international nuclear crisis.  Expect more dire predictions to arise as the months tick away and the mass of wreckage moves closer to its final destination.