A floating island of debris the size of Texas has slowly but been crossing the vast Pacific to California shores since a devastating tsunami inundated Japan in 2011 says a new study.
Five million tons of trash, the wreckage of homes, boats, and other remnants of shattered lives in eastern Japan were swallowed by the ocean that day in March and over one million tons of that continue to head our way.
While the first documented debris from the tragedy has already been found in California, scientists fear these new findings mean there could be a lot more to come and it might arrive all at once.
The NOAA released their updated findings last week, which show the huge island floating northeast of the Hawaiian Islands.
Scientists at the agency can’t say for sure when the debris field, which outside the dense island is scattered from Alaska to the Philippines, will reach the U.S.