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article imageJapanese 'ghost ship' fishing vessel spotted adrift near Canada

By Kev Hedges     Mar 24, 2012 in Environment
Vancouver - A Japanese fishing vessel swept away by the tsunami which engulfed the east coast of Japan in March 2011 has been spotted adrift off the west coast of Canada.
An aircraft has been despatched to the waters off British Columbia to investigate the finding and has discovered a large item of flotsam from the March 2011 tsunami. It found a fully intact fishing vessel. The 15-metre vessel has been spotted floating 275km (170 miles) from the Haida Gwaii islands on Friday. It is believed to be the first item of any significance that has travelled so far from the huge tsunami that engulfed Japan a year ago.
No one is believed to be on board the ship, at least nobody alive. The vessel was registered in Hokkaido, Japan. The ministry for Transport in Canada is closely monitoring the situation and waiting to see if the vessel becomes an obstruction before they decide what to do with the ghost ship, reports the BBC.
The tsunami last March powered as much as 25 million tons of debris, say researchers at the University of Hawaii. Between four and eight million tonnes were washed into the ocean, with 2.5 million tonnes still floating on the surface. But it may well be another year before the main debris from the tsunami actually makes landfall and finds its way onto the North America coastline.
The ghost ship is not expected to make landfall for another 50 days at least.
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