Boat Found on NorCal Beach May be Tsunami Debris

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Officials are trying to determine if a fishing boat that washed up on a beach in far Northern California is debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

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CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) - Officials are trying to determine if a fishing boat that washed up on a beach in far Northern California is debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

The Del Norte Triplicate reports that a 20-foot boat with Japanese writing on its side washed ashore Sunday near Crescent City, a community just south of the California-Oregon border.

It's believed the writing may be a license or registration number.

A team from Humboldt State University's Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group - a group of local, state and federal agencies and others that studies tsunami hazards - was examining the boat.

A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the group is working with the Japanese government to try to confirm the origins of the fishing boat.


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