The ‘toxic monster’ is coming! Texas-sized floating island containing one million tonnes of junk from Japan tsunami drifting towards US.

It hardly feels like two years ago that Japan experienced that awful tsunami.  With disasters like that there is often intense short-term focus and less thought is given to the long-term effects.  Today we hear of an island of ‘junk’, debris from that fateful tsunami, an area the size of Texas heading for US shores on the rebound from Japan.tsunami junk

Rebound

Tsunami white-wash
wave-wall barrelling towns.
Homes, lives, future lost.

Debris in motion
crossing the ocean

Mementos of lives.
Detritus of nostalgia.
Depository.

Isle of destruction
of garbage construction.

Boats, houses herded.
Plastic shores, rusted highlands.
Now toxic monster.

Nearing US shores,
determined, no pause.

New World meets rebound
relics of modernity.
Death-wave epitaph.

 

5th November 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “The ‘toxic monster’ is coming! Texas-sized floating island containing one million tonnes of junk from Japan tsunami drifting towards US.”  An enormous floating island of debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami is drifting towards the coast of America, bringing with it over one million tonnes of junk that would cover an area the size of Texas.  The most concentrated stretch – dubbed the “toxic monster” by Fox News – is currently around 1,700 miles off the coast, sitting between Hawaii and California, but several million tonnes of additional debris remains scattered across the Pacific.  If the rubbish were to continue to fuse, the combined area of the floating junkyard would be greater than that of the United States, and could theoretically weigh up to five million tonnes.  Among the numerous items consumed by the trash island are boats, houses, electrical appliances and consumer products – all dragged away from the coast of northern Japan in the aftermath of March 2011’s devastating tsunami.

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