From this article...
Island of debris the size of TEXAS from 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed straight for the U.S.
Used this source...
New NOAA Model
Improves Understanding of Potential Paths of Japan Tsunami Debris.
Which had this BIGGER
And these are the claimed facts...
An estimated 5 million tons of debris washed into the ocean in March of 2011 during the tsunami.
Around 70 percent of it is believed to have immediately sunk near the Japanese coast.
Some more mobile items may have reached the Pacific Northwest before 2011 even came to a close.
The first documented piece of debris to arrive in California, a barnacle covered fishing boat, came ashore in April 2013.
The particles are dispersed sparsely from Alaska to the Philippines.
The Texas-sized trash island is located northeast of the Hawaiian Islands
5,000,000 tons floated away!
70% sank near Japan [3,500,000 tons estimated].
30% floated around the pacific [1,500,000 tons estimated].
95% of that 30% covers a concentrated patch that covers an area the size of Texas
5% of that 30% covers a less concentrated patch covering the Pacific Ocean
The concentrated patch has a debris density of the mass divided by the area...
1,425,000 tons / 268,581 sqr miles = 5.21 tons per 1 sqr mile of ocean.
1,425,000 tons is about 82% of all the debris generated on 9/11 [1,800,000 tons of 9/11 debris].
9/11 Memory Remains
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, some 1.8 million tons of debris were removed from the World Trade Center site during a cleanup and recovery
operation that lasted nine months.
5.21 tons per 1 sqr mile of ocean is equal to about 4 mid sized sedan cars in mass and volume per 1 sqr mile of ocean in the concentrated patch.
That is about 1 million cars and would make a stacked car cube [100 cars cubed] 330yards long by 220 yards wide by 330 yards tall weighing 1,425,000
1 million cars is about the size, volume and mass of 3 skyscraper buildings.
1 million cars is equal to 1 car per 1sqr mile in a 1000mile x 1000mile grid pattern [this is about 4 x the area of Texas]
1 million cars is equal to a single flat layer of tightly parked cars in a 1000 x 1000 parked car grid pattern of 1.3miles sqr [this is about
1/200,000th the area of Texas]
The less concentrated patch has a debris density of...
75,000 tons / 63,800,000 sqr miles = 0.001175 tons [1.175kg] per 1 sqr mile of ocean
0.001175 tons [1.175kg] per 1 sqr mile of ocean is equal to 2.5lbs of sugar or flour per every single sqr mile of the Pacific Ocean.
ALL of this debris MAY be radioctively contaminated in addition to being general hazardous material.
I hope this boils your frog!
edit on 6-11-2013 by Texassized because: spacing