Japan Tsunami “Ghost Ship” drifts towards US

After being flushed out to sea by 2011 massive tsunami and earthquake, a Japanese squid-fishing boat has drifted across the Pacific Ocean and was about 120 nautical miles off British Columbia’s north coast Friday evening.

Ghost Ship

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The 150-foot ship was found drifting right-side-up about 140 nautical miles (260 km) from Cape Saint James, on the southern tip of Haida Gwaii.

The ghost ship was found afternoon of March 20 by a plane who took routine surveillance patrol over the sea. According to marine search coordinator Jeff Olsson of Victoria’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, the ship has been drifting across the Pacific for a year.

The boat — the first large piece of post-tsunami debris to hit North America — was confirmed lost by Japanese officials.

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