The Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Victoria is curating an online exhibit of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan.
Museum executive director Jon Irwin says they thought that all the potential flotsam headed to the coast would be a relevant part of their maritime history. Although a few items have washed ashore in the Pacific Northwest over the last several months, the bulk of the debris is believed to still be in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Most of the tsunami debris is expected to arrive along the eastern Pacific coast sometime over the next two years.
Irwin says they’re focusing on some of the sentimental items that may be found. Some examples include the recently found soccer ball and Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
“Take a picture of it. Upload it,” said Irwin. He hopes that will spark discussion and identification of the items that could eventually lead to their repatriation.
Although Irwin said the Museum does not plan to be actively involved in the physical disposition of any items, they may be able to provide connections that could lead to a sentimental item’s return to Japan.
To follow along with their ongoing curated exhibit on Facebook, search for Tsunami Debris Project and “Like” the site.
The Maritime Museum’s website includes a clearinghouse of tsunami information.
Related story: Search for tsunami debris moves north
Related story: Senators say more money needs to be allocated for debris clean up
- Sealaska officials say investments in two seafood processors will help drive future earnings. But a critic doubts they will make much money.
- The Port of Nome could face negative net revenues by 2035 if it doesn’t begin increasing rates annually, according to a new analysis from Cordova Consulting.
- University of Alaska campuses are bracing for change as UA faces up to $22 million in cuts from the state. University administration are entertaining several different long-term options to reduce the costs, which it is calling Strategic Pathways. Some of the options would could have profound effects on higher education in rural Alaska.
- Right now, there are four different alternatives being considered for dealing with the Red Devil Mine.