Maui News: No reason to fear debris, NOAA says

Items washed away by tsunami in Japan unlikely to pose risk, may start arriving in Hawaii this year

June 3, 2012
By MELISSA TANJI – Staff Writer

Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach

Harley Davidson, part of tsunami debris from Fukushima earthquake, washed ashore in Canada.

More than likely, there will be no body parts or radioactive materials among the Japan tsunami debris that may begin washing up along the main Hawaiian Islands this year, federal officials said last week.

“People shouldn’t fear. There is no reason to stop going to the beach. It’s not going to come in one tidal wave of trash.

(And) the radioactivity is highly unlikely,” said Carey Morishige, Pacific Islands regional coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program.

But Morishige said that doesn’t mean that the public shouldn’t exercise caution.

“If you don’t know what it is, don’t touch it. . . . If you think it’s something that may be hazardous, call the local authorities,” she said.

So far, Morishige, said there haven’t been any confirmed sightings of debris from the March 11, 2011, Japan tsunami in Hawaii.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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