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Large object washes ashore on Big Island coast

Published On: Oct 08 2012 03:47:00 PM HST
Updated On: Oct 08 2012 05:11:42 PM HST

DLNR

HONOLULU -

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is considering how to remove a large metal object that washed ashore on the Big Island's southern coast.

Department spokeswoman Deborah Ward said Monday the yellow object doesn't have any markings that would help identify where it's from.  It's not clear whether the debris might be from tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Japan last year.

The object is 10 to 15 feet tall and about 20 feet in diameter.  It washed up on rocky shoreline in Waikapuna near Naalehu.

A report was made to the DLNR on Oct. 4 from a caller who said he saw it at Waikapuna on Sept. 27.  Hikers had also discovered the object on Oct. 3.

A DLNR Big Island staff member was able to locate the object on Friday at the end of a fishing trail on private land.  There were also no signs of marine life growing on the container, which appeared clean except for minimal algae growth.

Two pieces of confirmed tsunami debris have shown up in Hawaii.

A large blue plastic bin from Fukushima was found in waters off Waimanalo last month.  Last week, fishermen found a skiff from Iwate some 800 miles north of Maui.

The public may report possible findings of possible Japan tsunami marine debris to the DLNR by emailing officials at dlnr@hawaii.gov, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at disasterdebris@noaa.gov.

Both agencies are asking for photos, date, detailed description of the item and if there are any living organisms other than gooseneck barnacles, location and finder's contact information.  Reports may be made by phone to the DLNR at (808) 587-0400.

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