Dock Washes Ashore in Oregon has Japaneses Writing

A metal plate with Japanese writing has been found attached to a large dock that washed ashore on the central Oregon Coast, raising speculation it might be debris from last year's tsunami in Japan.

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by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

A metal plate with Japanese writing has been found attached to a large dock that washed ashore on the central Oregon Coast, raising speculation it might be debris from last year's tsunami in Japan.

Oregon parks spokesman Chris Havel said Wednesday a photo of the plate was emailed to the Japanese consulate in Seattle for review.

The dock washed ashore Tuesday on Agate Beach, a mile north of Newport.

It's made of concrete with a metal pontoon and measures 66 feet long, 19 feet wide and 7 feet high.

Fast-moving debris from the tsunami has already arrived on the shores of North America. It includes a soccer ball and a shipping container holding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with Japanese license plates.

The bulk of the debris is not expected until winter.

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