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Chunk of tsunami dock too big for new home in Newport

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A piece of tsunami debris headed for its permanent home has been forced to make a detour.

The portion of the Japanese dock was supposed to be delivered to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on Wednesday.

There's just one problem. It was too big to cross the Yaquina Bay Bridge, and much bigger than the Science Center was expecting.

"It surprised all of us. Yes, we saw the math on the piece of paper when the crane showed up and we realized what we were in for. Uh oh," said Mark Farley, a spokesman for the science center.

The dock weighs about 90,000 pounds. For now, it will be kept at a marina near the Port of Newport where it will be cut down to a more manageable size - an 8 by 8-foot triangle that weighs 40,000 pounds.

The dock piece will then be moved across the bridge to the science center.

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