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
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.