Since the March 2011 tsunami devastated Japan, U.S. officials have wondered when the random, and gruesome-sounding, assortment of debris would start washing up on West Coast shores, and now, they have an answer. The D.C. area's ABC News Weather blog reports that Washington state-ers have begun finding "large, charcoal-colored buoys" along the beaches there, and they're arriving just about when experts predicted they would. Residents along the West Coast should expect even more debris, including body parts, the A.P. grimly reports, which may have been kept afloat by athletic shoes.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.