Tsunami Cleanup Begins in Alaska

Effort expected to take weeks


The first major cleanup of debris from Japan’s tsunami begins today on Alaska’s Montague Island. The project is headed by volunteers and employees from the Gulf of Alaska Keeper and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and is expected to last several weeks. An Alaskan senator has also asked NOAA to provide $45 million for the cleanup, as officials share concerns about invasive species and toxic substances that might be among the debris. One coordinator said he expects the cleanup to remove 30 to 40 tons of debris from the small island, which is located southeast of Anchorage.

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