Tsunami DebrisIt’s been nine months since that massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami decimated Japan, killing over 15,000 people in the process.

Tsunami debris has already begun washing ashore thousands of miles from the epicenter on the West Coast of the U.S.

Last week, along the coast of Washington state, nine polyethylene buoys that belonged to a Japanese oyster farmer surfaced. The tsunami debris traveled over 4,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean to reach the West Coast.

Oceanographers say this won’t be the last of the gunk to wash ashore. ¬†We can can expect to see more debris off the coast of California and southern Alaska in months and years to come.

It’s not just the U.S. that’s getting hit with debris. Canada has already seen the first wave of glass bottles and plastics flood its beaches.

Jean-Paul Froment, who lives in British Columbia, says he’s never seen so much debris in all his life.

Froment said:

“Fisherman and friends have said they have found an unusual amount of bottles and items with Asian writing on it.”

The debris washing up on Canada’s shore is just the beginning. There is a massive floating island of tsunami debris currently heading east across the Pacific Ocean. The debris, which by some estimates covers an area nearly double the size of the state of Texas, is approximately 1,500 miles off the coast of Hawaii.

It’s estimated that some 100 million tons of debris could reach the United States and Canada. ¬†Scientists think it’s even possible that human body parts could wash up, kept afloat by athletic shoes.

People who find any personal items are asked to contact authorities so they can attempt to return them to their rightful owners.