Shorelines Under Threat

Tsunami Debris Cleanup

Shorelines Under Threat

The devastating tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 swept tons of debris into the ocean. Ocean currents continue to carry floating debris across the Pacific Ocean to the shores of British Columbia.

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The Impact of Tsunami Debris

The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan’s north-eastern coast was the most powerful known earthquake ever to hit the country. The subsequent tsunami caused the majority of the damage and washed colossal amounts of debris into our oceans.

Tsunami debris has landed along much of the west coast of North America. Although it is unknown exactly when, where, and how much debris will wash up, the debris carries with it potentially serious effects, such as damaging delicate aquatic ecosystems, introducing invasive species, and polluting our waterways.

To learn more, read our Tsunami Debris FAQ. You can also visit the BC Tsunami Debris website.

Working as a Community

To address this challenge, we’ve created a volunteer sign up program to connect concerned individuals with communities in need of support. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has been recruiting and training volunteers since 1994, ensuring a coordinated and effective cleanup effort. This program works in coordination with local, provincial, and federal efforts.

Can’t make it to a cleanup event? There are many other ways that you can help; donations are greatly appreciated and enable us to continue organizing cleanups. 

If you know of a local shoreline affected by tsunami debris, please submit the site for consideration.

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Tsunami Cleanup Map 


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