NEAH BAY — Part of a house found on a beach north of Hobuck Beach may be the latest recognizable piece of Japan tsunami debris to wash up on the U.S. West Coast, according to a local beach cleanup group.
A group of kayakers, known as the Ikkatsu Expedition, has have been surveying coastal beaches for the last few months and on Sunday reported finding the remnants of a portion of a house, including a bathroom, complete with plumbing and some fixtures, on a private beach on the Makah reservation at Neah Bay.
Members of the Ikkatsu Expedition said they found on June 12 a portion of house, or at least its bathroom, which they said was partially intact when it first arrived but has broken up on the beach because of wave action, according to their report.
Items reported found in the resulting debris pile include large pieces of a broken plastic laundry hamper, individual glass bottles containing residue of what smelled like cherry cough syrup and another plastic bottle that was almost full of what appeared to be iodine, a child’s potty seat, a pink plastic bowl, and lumber.
Lumber from the wreckage has been traced to a mill in Osaka, the report said.
“We also came across pieces of a washing machine (the front panel and the rusted hulk of the electric motor), and a red kerosene container which were located near the pile,” the report said.