Tsunami Debris Washes Up on Oregon Coast

April 10, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Tsunami Debris Washes Up on Oregon Coast

Debris that washed ashore at an Oregon state park this week. Photo courtesy of KVAL-TV, Eugene, Ore.

What appears to be another part of a torii (sacred temple arch) was removed from the ocean shore near Florence, Ore., about mid-day Tuesday (April 9), according to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department.

Leisure Excavating from Florence transported it from the Siuslaw River South Jetty to a nearby state park maintenance compound for safekeeping, KVAL-TV, Eugene, reported.

The object appears to be a kasagi — the top, horizontal part of a torii — similar in appearance to an object removed from the ocean shore near Oceanside on March 25. Both are believed to have been damaged during the tsunami that struck Japan last year.

It is approximately 14 feet long and 3 feet wide and painted black and red.

The Consular Office of Japan in Portland has been contacted about this second find. The exact origins of both the Oceanside and the Siuslaw South Jetty objects are not yet known, parks officials said.

The object was first reported by a visitor late in the evening on Monday. State park staff responded early in the morning on Tuesday to begin removal.




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