A report of a 7-foot-long piece of airplane fuselage, a television, a refrigerator and a dock washing ashore on Washington's coastline led sheriff's deputies and state workers to investigate, but officials said the debris is likely not from the 2011 Japan tsunami.
Already this month, a large dock from Misawa and a fishing boat from the Honsu Island have washed ashore on Oregon and Washington beaches.
Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson said Wednesday's dock, which is the size of a pickup truck, does not have any Japanese writing on it. His office started investigating at 11 a.m. after getting reports of the debris just north of the Cranberry Beach Access Road.
Deputies said they didn't find the chunk of airplane fuselage, but they did spot smaller debris in the area.
An investigation from the Washington Department of Ecology showed the items don't pose a threat to public health or the environment, a spokesperson said. They're also leaning toward this round of debris not being from the Japan tsunami.
No items had any obvious markings or other evidence to suggest they're from Japan, and the piece of airplane fuselage turned out to be discarded carbon fiber. Parks staff has since tossed it in the trash.
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