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Dock found on Oregon coast is Japan tsunami debris, officials say

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Photo: Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. Photo: Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.

A large dock that washed ashore on the Oregon Coast earlier this week is debris from last year's tsunami in Japan, the Japanese consulate in Portland confirmed Wednesday.

Ocean shore visitors first reported seeing the loose dock floating offshore near Agate Beach about one mile north of Newport on Monday. It eventually washed ashore at the high tide line.

State parks staff responded to take a look at the derelict dock, which is 7' tall, 19' wide and 66' long. It's made primarily of concrete and metal.

SLIDESHOW: Dock on coast is from Japan

Officials said they checked the dock for radiation shortly after it made landfall, and results came back negative. Park workers then sent a photo of a metal placard bearing Japanese writing on the dock to the Japanese consulate in Portland, who then confirmed the dock came from Japan.  
Meanwhile, scientists at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport verified that there is evidence of marine life specific to Japan attached to the dock.

Parks staff said there's some concern about potentially invasive species on the dock, so Fish and Wildlife officers may be asked to contain the threat.

Because of the dock's size and the chance it could continue to settle or be moved by wave action, state parks staff have posted warning tape and signs, instructing people to stay off the dock.

Parks staff haven't decided yet on how they're going to remove the dock, but demolition is a possibility.

For now, Agate Beach remains open, with officials simply asking visitors to stay off the object.

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