Japanese Bridge Washes up in Oregon

Japanese bridge in Oregon

Photo by Associated Press

Stacey just sent me this link to a BBC news report on a Japanese bridge that after being washed away by the tsunami last year has finally made its great ocean voyage and has shown up in Oregon.

The 165-tonne structure made of concrete, metal and tyres, and studded with starfish and barnacles, arrived on a beach south-west of Portland, Oregon.

It’s pretty amazing how much material is floating out in the Pacific and slowing making its way to Canada and the United States. And while there is a real concern about ecosystem contamination with the marine life that may be clinging to these items, the article does dole out a healthy scoop of needless fear and uncertainty.

For example, why does the BBC need to tell us that the bridge “tested negative for radiation”? Do they really expect us to believe that a bridge located some 400 kilometres (250 miles) away from the trouble in Fukushima and that would have been washed out into the ocean long before the was any radiation vented from the reactors would somehow be a mass of glowing nuclear poison?

While I have nothing wrong with them scanning it, it does seem like the BBC is trying to add a little zazz to the article by stirring up some radiation fear. Let me tell you, my brother-in-law and I went to Tokyo in the middle of the reactor troubles and if you watched the western news only you would think we were heading into the heart of Chernobyl.

I also particularly liked this comment by a father who was visiting the beach where the bridge washed up:

“If this crossed the Pacific Ocean and it’s this big, that means that just about anything of our worst nightmares could cross the Pacific Ocean. So we’re kind of frightened of what’s to come”.

Now that guy either has an very unhealthy fear of bridges or he’s expecting Godzilla to rise at any minute.

One Response to “Japanese Bridge Washes up in Oregon”

  1. Shani  on June 10th, 2012

    That’s incredible!

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