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The unmanned Japanese fishing vessel Ryou-un Maru dirfts in the Gulf of Alaska on Wednesday. The vessel had been adrift since it was launched by the tsunami caused by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan last year. The Coast Guard fired on the ship Thursday to sink it.

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Coast Guard fires on Japanese ghost ship

The U.S. Coast Guard unleashed cannon fire Thursday at a Japanese vessel set adrift by last year’s tsunami, stopping the ship’s long, lonely voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

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