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Tsunami Dock Now A Part of State History

FLORENCE, Ore. — The Japanese dock which washed ashore on Agate Beach is now officially part of Oregon’s history. Two pieces of the massive 201-ton dock arrived at the Oregon Historical Society.

The dock is one of only five pieces of confirmed tsunami debris to hit the coast of Oregon, Washinton and Alaska, but the changing seasons may bring more tsunami debris ashore.

At a meeting in Florence on Tuesday night, the Tsunami Debris Task Force said the changing ocean currents will likely push debris closer to the coast. The task force said the debris will be a long term issue and they will need some help keeping Oregon beaches clear.

The Department of Environmental Quality is patroling for potential radioactive material but has yet to find anything. There are still two known docks floating in the Pacific but they have not been found.