The ocean means everything to Hawaii. The pristine blue water lures couples after that perfect romantic getaway. The white sands inspire families to save up all year to come. The waves on Oahu’s famed North Shore attract surfers from around the world. In a good year, Hawaii’s tourism industry can bring in more than $14 billion.
But Hawaii’s beaches also have some more unusual visitors, like a 17-foot Japanese boat and a blue bin with a live bird inside it. These are just two pieces of the tons of debris that have washed up from the 2011 tsunami. People have never before been able to observe so much debris dispersing from a single location. For Hawaii, it’s an environmental disaster that’s hard to predict or quantify.
Absolutely a disaster and radioactive to boot, probably. Not only because it came from Japan but its been drifting in radioactive water for years too. Someone should monitor it definitely. I have said it a thousand times, Fukushima and everything related is a catastrophic environmental disaster and that means it affects us all. I wish more people cared about this as much as they did Kim Kardashian’s butt. -Joe the Boss