Crews start removing Japan tsunami dock from Oregon beach
News On Japan via kimatv.com -- Aug 02
Contractors began removing a massive dock from an Oregon beach Wednesday, almost two months after it washed ashore after floating across the pacific from Japan.
Contractors spent Tuesday preparing popular Agate Beach for the removal effort, according to Oregon Parks and Recreation officials.
The 66-foot long dock, which is almost 20 feet wide and 7 feet high and mostly made of concrete, broke loose from moorings in Japan during the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the island nation in March of 2011. It weighs several tons.
Shortly after it floated ashore, tons of marine life had to be stripped from the dock over invasive species fears.
Removal of the dock will be a complicated task.
Parksofficials said Ballard Diving and Salvage and other subcontractors assembled a 100-ton lift capacity crane, established a safety zone around the work site, and excavated sand from around the base of the dock.
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