June 7, 2012
Fisheries scientists Dr. John Chapman (with bucket), and Dr. Jessica Miller climb aboard the beached dock Wednesday at Agate Beach a mile north of Newport, Ore. Evidence is mounting that the nearly 70-foot floating dock that washed ashore came from an area of Japan devastated by last year’s tsunami.
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When the tsunami hit the northern coast of Japan last year, the waves ripped four dock floats the size of freight train boxcars from their pilings in the fishing port of Misawa and turned them over to the whims of wind and currents.