even japan dumps in our landfills

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Courtesy, Oregon Department of Parks and RecreatioResidents look at a dock that washed ashore in Oregon earlier this year. Officials in Washington said they believe a similar dock has come ashore there.

Another dock likely washed into the Pacific Ocean following a devastating tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 has shown up on the West Coast.

Officials in Washington said they have been unable to reach the dock, which has washed ashore on a remote beach near LaPush, only accessible by primitive trails in Olympic National Park. That area of the coast has been hit hard by high winds and high tide, and a ground crew is likely going to attempt to reach the dock today, the Washington State Marine Debris Task Force announced.

“We’re extremely grateful for the support and expertise of our federal and Washington state partners,” said Sarah Creachbaum, Olympic National Park superintendent in a statement. “As we move forward as a team, our first concerns will be safety in this rugged stretch of coastline and assessment and containment of any invasive species.”

A massive dock washed ashore earlier this year in Oregon and officials there dismantled the structure and landfilled it.

In November, officials in Japan announced a $5 million gift to the United States through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program to help in the cost of cleanup of debris.

NOAA has received 1,432 official debris reports, of which 17 have been confirmed as definite tsunami debris.

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