City council passes tsunami debris resolution

Published  8:22 AM HST Mar 22, 2012
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HONOLULU -

As debris from last year's tsunami in Japan gets closer to Hawaiii, there is a new call to make sure Hawaii is ready for it.

The Honolulu City Council passed a resolution Wednesday urging the city to come up with a contingency plan on how to handle tsunami debris.

The measure urges close cooperation with state and federal agencies, as well as outlining the responsibilities of city workers.

"We're getting different accounts as to this en route to Hawaii and when it's going to hit us and just exactly what does it entail," said Councilman Tom Berg.

Researchers predict the first wave of several thousand tons of trash could start washing ashore at Midway Atoll within weeks.

A second, larger section of debris is expected to arrive in the main Hawaiian Islands sometime next year.

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