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First Japan tsunami debris confirmed in California

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A Japanese fishing boat that washed across the Pacific following the 2011 tsunami has been confirmed as the first piece of debris to reach the coast of California, officials said Friday. 

A car passes in front of tsunami debris piled up on the wharf in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on January 15, 2012, nearly one year after the 2011 tsunami devastated the area. A Japanese fishing boat washed across the Pacific following the 2011 tsunami has been confirmed as the first piece of debris to reach the coast of California, officials said Friday.

The 20-foot (six-meter) skiff, found this month near the northern Californian coastal town of Crescent City, belonged to the Takata High School in the Japanese city of Rikuzentakata, in Iwate Prefecture.

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