The Russian training ship STS Pallada found the debris late last month after passing the central Pacific island of Midway, the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii said. The Russian ship ... found an array of unmistakable tsunami debris on its homeward voyage from Honolulu to Vladivostok, it said in a statement.
The debris located about 3,100km from Japan was washed into the Pacific by giant tsunami waves that struck the countrys northeastern coast after a devastating earthquake in March. The crew spotted a 6m-long fishing vessel, which was hoisted up onto the Pallada. They are trying to trace its owner, who is believed to be from the Fukushima Prefecture, the area hardest hit by the tsunami.
We also sighted a TV set, fridge and a couple of other home appliances, a crewmember said. We keep sighting things like wooden boards, plastic bottles, buoys from fishing nets [small and big ones], an object resembling a wash basin, drums, boots, other wastes.
The magnitude 9 quake and tsunami in Japan left 20,000 dead or missing and crippled cooling systems at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, triggering the worlds worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl 25 years ago. Scientists at the university, including senior researcher Nikolai Maximenko, estimate that tsunami debris from Japan will wash up on the shores of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in one year and the US west coast in three years.
Russians find Japanese tsunami debris 3,000km away - Taipei Times