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NOAA: No giant floating island of tsunami debris

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  • Some debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami has washed ashore on the U.S. Pacific coast, seen here. But reports that an island of debris remains on the ocean may be incorrect, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

      Some debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami has washed ashore on the U.S. Pacific coast, seen here. But reports that an island of debris remains on the ocean may be incorrect, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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WASHINGTON -- Federal officials say there is no island of debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami floating toward the United States.

Some media reports have warned of a Texas-sized island of wreckage, based on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map of tsunami debris.

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But NOAA marine debris chief Nancy Wallace says that's not true. She said Thursday that there's an area in the Pacific where debris is likely to concentrate more, but there's not much there.

She said if you were on a boat in that area, the chances are you'd only be able to see maybe one or two pieces of debris.

NOAA estimates 1.5 million tons of tsunami debris is dispersed across the vast northern Pacific, but officials have only verified 35 items as from the tsunami.

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