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Tsunami Debris Could Stop Washing Ashore

Written by Associated Press on June 4, 2014
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A recent change in the winds could signal the end to a spike in marine trash on Oregon and Washington beaches.
   Federal researchers say this year’s soggy spring probably drove a noticeable uptick in flotsam along the West Coast, including the northern tip of California.
   That’s debris from the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 combined with the usual trash and wreckage from closer to home.
   Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say an annual transition from wet winter lows to dry summer highs has brought the warmer, northwesterly winds that push debris-laden surface water back out to sea.

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