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Devastating Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake And Resultant Tsunami Struck Northern Japan

December 13, 2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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On 11 March 2011, a devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resultant tsunami struck northern Japan. Tons of debris washed to sea. Large quantities of the floating plastics will persist for decades as it orbits the oceanic gyres, and the highest concentrations are expected to wash up along beaches of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia-but when? And what?Curt Ebbesmeyer, an expert on oceanographic processes who has turned beach combing into a science, will present an overview of what marine debris can tell us and an update his work on this fascinating element of a world spanning natural disaster.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Coastal Watershed Institute, Peninsula College, the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, and the Clallam Marine Resources Committee. A five dollar donation at the door requested (students are free with a valid, current student id card). Admission proceeds to benefit the CWI collaborative nearshore internship program, and the Beachcombers’ Alert. Also, Port Book and News will offer books for sale at the presentation.

Contact Anne Shaffer, 360.461.0799, for more information.



December 13, 2011
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Anne Shaffer
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Peninsula College
M Building Lecture Hall, Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington WA United States + Google Map