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Dock on Wash. coast confirmed as tsunami debris

Dock on Wash. coast confirmed as tsunami debris
Members of the Washington tsunami debris experts team inspect a dock Friday Dec. 21, 2012 that apparently floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and just washed ashore on a Washington beach near Forks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife)
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The dock that washed ashore on a remote Washington beach last month has been confirmed as debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

The state Marine Debris Task Force says it was identified by the Japanese government through photos that showed a fender serial number. The dock came from the Aomori Prefecture and is similar to the dock that washed ashore last summer at Newport, Ore., also from the tsunami.

The Coast Guard spotted the dock Dec. 18 on a beach near Forks. It's within a wilderness portion of Olympic National Park and also within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and will be removed.

A crew has already scraped off 400 pounds of marine plants and animals in an attempt to prevent any invasive species from taking hold.
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