Tsunami damage to arrive for decades

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami will continue to bring invasive species onto U.S. shores for years to come, an OSU ocean researcher says.

“This could go on for years,” said Dr. John Chapman, a researcher with OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and an invasive species expert. “We’ve not seen a decline in the debris.”

Even without the Japanese debris — the most noted example being a 165-ton dock float that washed up last year in Newport — invasive species costs American $128 billion yearly to clean up. But the 120 species alone counted on the Newport dock indicates that the tsunami will continue to affect the Pacific Ocean and its estuaries for decades.

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