Storms keep crews from dock on remote Wash. beach

December 19, 2012 - 4:33 PM
Tsunami Dock

FILE - In this June 6, 2012, file photo, a man looks at the tsunami dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach in Newport, Ore. A decision by a federal agency means Oregon may have to eat $350,000 it has spent on tsunami cleanup, including thousands to destroy and remove a 200-ton dock. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

FORKS, Wash. (AP) — Stormy weather is keeping crews looking for tsunami debris away from a dock that washed ashore on a remote beach on the Washington state coast.

A spokesman for the state Marine Debris Task Force, David Workman, says high winds and tides are making it hard to reach the site on the Olympic Peninsula. He says a team hopes to arrive Thursday.

Workman says there's no confirmation yet whether the dock is debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. It appears to be similar to a Japanese dock that washed ashore last June at Newport, Ore. It was cut up and removed.

The Coast Guard spotted the latest dock Tuesday on a wilderness beach of the Olympic National Park.