Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Japanese garbage island moves towards US

Debris washed out to sea by the tsunami.
Image credit U.S.Navy.
Entire houses, bodies, car parts, tractors and many upturned boats have amassed off the east coast of Japan on an epic scale.

The floating objects have been declared a maritime hazard by the American Navy, which warned they could pierce the body of a boat, or destroy engines in the Pacific's shipping lanes.

The island of debris of most concern, 110 kilometres long, is being closely monitored by the US Navy's seventh fleet, as experts predict it could hit Hawaii's shores in two years and the American west coast a year later.

Hawaiian scientists put it bluntly. They warned that a vast mess that originated in a few moments of destruction in Japan, could eventually foul beaches and reefs off the Eastern North Pacific and kill marine life.

The American Navy's working with civilian construction companies from the earthquake-hit country, as huge cranes and boats are deployed to clear the seas of this vast bobbing mass of wreckage of household furniture, wood, tyres, fishing equipment and other garbage, sweeping eastwards.

Mark Lobel, BBC News

Vocabulary Words: Read the words and meaning. Try making your own sentence afterwards.

1. amassed (adj.): gathered or collected a large amount
2. an epic scale (n.): a big or impressive size
3. a maritime hazard (n.): a danger, encountered while at sea
4. pierce (v.): puncture or damage the outer layer of
5. shipping lanes (n.): routes travelled by ships and boats at sea
6. island of debris (n.): large mound of wreckage or garbage
7. bluntly (adv.): honestly or directly
8. foul (v.): make a dirty mess on
9. deployed (v. or adj.): sent or assigned
10. bobbing (v.): moving up and down with the currents of the sea

Comprehension Check: Read and answer the questions based on the article.
1. What could the floating objects cause?
2.. What actions are they doing to solve this problem?

Agree or Disagree: Explain your answer.
1. Other countries should help solving this problem.
2. This island of debris is a very serious problem.
3. Civil wars in Africa and the Middle East are more serious problems than this one.

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