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Debris from the Japanese tsunami appear to have washed ashore already, Tofino Mayor Perry Schmunk said Monday.
A torrent of garbage marked with Japanese writing - including water bottles, a baby's sock, a toothbrush and lumber - has begun littering area beaches, he said.
"At Schooner Cove, I probably saw more debris in 10 minutes than I have in four years of walking the beach," he told The Province. "That's not normal."
"I don't want to create the impression that there's a huge volume, but when normally there's nothing to see, anything is significant."
University of Hawaii scientists said in October that 20 million tonnes of debris could make landfall in B.C. beginning in 2014, including every-thing from body parts to TV sets and boats.