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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
5:59 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Hundreds Turn Out To Clean Up Coastal Beaches

Beach cleanup volunteers found this refrigerator with Japanese labels on July 5.
Photo by Shelly Pollock

More than 700 volunteers turned out Thursday to help pick up litter and flotsam on the Oregon and southwest Washington coasts. Volunteers were on alert for debris from last year's tsunami in Japan. There were some possible new finds on Long Beach, Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

The fifth of July is a traditional beach cleanup day in Manzanita and Seaside, Oregon and on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. The coordinator of Manzanita's cleanup estimates the three dump truck loads hauled away were "99 percent fireworks" related.

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Tsunami Debris
7:29 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Oregon Sets Out Dumpsters For Tsunami Debris Clean-up

Oregon is putting out dumpsters at coastal parks for beachgoers to throw away tsunami debris. Governor John Kitzhaber announced Thursday he’s appointed an interagency team to coordinate efforts to dispose of materials washed up from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

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Tsunami Dock
6:15 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Tsunami Dock Species Under The Microscope

The Japanese dock washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month.
Oregon State Parks

The Japanese dock that washed ashore in Oregon carried more than a few invasive species. Scientists have found enough living cargo to keep them busy for decades.

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Tsunami Dock Removal
6:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tsunami Dock To Be Dismantled, Removed

A piece of tsunami debris, a dock that washed ashore near Newport, will be dismantled and removed by a Vancouver, Wash., company.
Oregon State Parks

The days are numbered for the massive Japanese dock that washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month. The Oregon State Parks Department announced Tuesday that it's accepted a bid from a Vancouver, Wash., salvage company to break apart the dock and remove it.

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Tsunami Debris Tested
5:18 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Tsunami Debris That Washes Ashore Tested For Radiation

Lynn Albin with Washington's Dept. of Health tests a piece of foam insulation of unknown origin for radiation.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Oregon State Parks managers have two new Geiger counters to scan possible tsunami debris that floats in from Japan. On the Washington coast, state health department scientists are now regularly checking marine debris and fish for possible radiation from last year's Japanese nuclear meltdown. The testing is mostly just to reassure the public, not out of grave concern that radiation will get here.

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Tsunami Dock
7:04 am
Mon June 11, 2012

No Decision Yet On The Fate of Tsunami Debris

Oregon Parks officials are still weighing their options for the giant piece of tsunami debris that washed up on the Oregon coast this week. The Japanese dock continues to draw onlookers to the beach near Newport.

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Japanese Dock
6:43 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Tsunami Debris Dock Gets Scrubdown, Attracts Onlookers

A giant piece of Japanese tsunami debris on the Oregon coast is now scraped free of what marine biologists worried were invasive species. The floating dock landed on the beach near Newport this week. Park rangers and volunteers worked quickly [today] Thursday to remove seaweed, mussels and barnacles, some of which are found only in Japanese waters. Meanwhile, the massive hulk has attracted hundreds of onlookers. Correspondent Tom Banse spoke with O.J Cortez of Reedsport.

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Japanese Dock
6:37 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Gawkers Welcome, Invasive Species Not, Around Tsunami Debris Dock

A heat treatment provides the finishing touch to sterilize the surface of a Japanese dock that drifted onto the Oregon coast.
Photo courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.

Park rangers and volunteers worked quickly Thursday to defuse an invasive species time bomb that washed up near Newport, Oregon. They scraped off and sterilized a huge boat dock that was set adrift by last year’s terrible tsunami in Japan. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the Oregon Coast.

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Fukushima Recovery
6:51 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Trading Places: Pendleton To Fukushima And Reverse

Seiko Saijo moved into a temporary housing complex after the March 2011 tsunami washed away her home and fish shop in Minamisanriku.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

You might find it unsettling to move to a place where some residents routinely scan their groceries with a Geiger counter. Also in this place, automated radiation monitors stand guard outside parks and schools. The place we're talking about is Minamisoma, Japan... just down the road from the nuclear reactors that melted down last year. But a 23-year-old art instructor from Pendleton says volunteering in this shaken city is like living a dream. She's helping out in her hometown's sister city. Correspondent Tom Banse visited Japan's Fukushima Prefecture and has this report.

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Japanese Tsunami Relief
6:54 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Follow The Money: Japan Disaster Relief

Minamisanriku buildings destroyed by last year's tsunami.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Networ

Over the past year, people and businesses in the Pacific Northwest have contributed tens of millions of dollars to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. It's an unfamiliar situation for a wealthy, industrialized country like Japan to be the recipient of international relief funds. Correspondent Tom

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