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Officials checking to see if pipe found at Cape Disappointment is tsunami debris

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
January 30, 2013 1:36 pm
Officials are trying to determine if this steel pipe found at Long Beach Monday is debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. (Washington State Parks)
Officials are trying to determine if this steel pipe found at Long Beach Monday is debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. (Washington State Parks)

State officials are examining a large, metal cylinder that washed ashore Monday at Cape Disappointment State Park to determine if it came from Japan as a result of being swept out to sea by the March 2011 tsunami.

The cylinder is longer than a small pickup truck, measuring 19 feet, 4 inches long. It is 3 feet in diameter, with ¾-inch base plates that measure 3 feet by 3 feet. While no markings have been detected yet, some algae and other sea life were attached to the item.

As a precaution, a state Department of Fish and Wildlife official will check for potential invasive species. A state Department of Health official examined the cylinder Tuesday and, as expected, found no radioactive contamination above normal background levels.

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