HONOLULU (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a large plastic storage bin is the first confirmed piece of marine debris from last year's Japan tsunamis to arrive in Hawaii.
NOAA spokesman Ben Sherman says Japanese consular officials confirmed Friday that the blue bin is from Fukushima.
Makai Ocean Engineering staff spotted the bin floating in the ocean off Waimanalo earlier this week.
Sherman says it's the 12th confirmed piece of tsunami debris to arrive in United States or Canada waters.
A University of Hawaii ocean currents expert who has been researching the trajectory of tsunami debris says the bin is consistent with his predictions on when the first pieces would begin to arrive in Hawaii.
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