Debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan has started turning up near BC. On Friday, a fishing vessel was found in the west coast of British Columbia. It was first spotted by a Canadian military air patrol, and it has been determined that it has been adrift without anybody at the helm since March 11, 2011. Canadian officials say that the owner of the boat is now aware of its location. Canadian agencies are monitoring the ship for possible marine pollution. There are no reports of leaks from the vessel so far.
The boat is the first large piece of debris found following the tsunami. Some scientists say there is a field of about 18 million tonnes of debris headed toward North America. Some people on the west coast of Vancouver Island believe smaller pieces of debris have already washed ashore there.
Nearly 19,000 people were killed in the 2011 tsunami.