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Tsunami debris arriving
I am scheduled to go around Vancouver Island this summer and then do a delivery from Maui.
Japanese Fishing Boat In B.C.: A Tsunami Postcard Reaches Coast
VANCOUVER - A 54-meter-long fishing vessel linked to last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been spotted adrift off the British Columbia coast.
Jeff Olsson of Victoria's Joint rescue Co-ordination Centre says an airline contracted by the federal government spotted the vessel on Tuesday about 140 nautical miles west of the southern tip of Haida Gwaii.
The vessel has been identified as coming from Hokkaido, Japan and officials say it's drifting very slowly towards shore.
Olsson says no one is believed to be on board and there's no risk of environmental damage.
However, a warning has gone out to mariners because the vessel poses a potential navigational hazard.
As much as five million tonnes of debris were swept into the ocean last March when a massive magnitude-9 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan.
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