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U.S. braces for tsunami debris, but impact unclear

3:51 AM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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JUNEAU, Alaska -- The tsunami that devastated Japan more than one year ago washed millions of tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean.

But the U.S. government and several West Coast states still don't have a clear plan for how to clean up rubble that floats to American shores.

There's also no firm handle on what to expect.

The Japanese government estimates 1.5 million tons of debris is floating from the catastrophe.

Some U.S. experts think the bulk of that will never reach shore. But others fear a massive, slowly-unfolding environmental disaster.

Oregon got a bulky remnant of the tsunami this week: A concrete and metal dock. It measured 66 feet long, seven tall and 19 feet wide.

Japanese officials say the dock broke away from northern Japan during the tsunami.

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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