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Japan gives $5M to U.S. for tsunami debris removal

  • DAMIEN MARRERO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    An overturned boat laden with crabs and mussels that was found Dec. 23 on a reef in Punaluu has been confirmed as debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
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SEATTLE » The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Japan has provided $5 million to help pay for removing and disposing debris from the March 2011 tsunami.

NOAA says it plans to give $250,000 each initially to the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. NOAA’s Marine Debris Program will hold the rest in reserve as needs arise.

Japan also gave Canada $1 million to help clean up debris on the West Coast.

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