- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Debris from the massive Japan earthquake and tsunami four years ago may be washing up in Northern California.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/17VbXPz ) Thursday that woodworker Matt Lovemark on Sunday found a large log he believes floated to a Santa Cruz beach from Japan.

The 18-foot log has a notch in the shape of half a hexagon, which he says is unique to Japan.

Carried by wind and currents, the disaster dragged 1.5 million tons of debris to sea. There have been 2,000 reports of found debris with just 59 items officially confirmed to have been washed away following the tsunami.

Lovemark says he plans to report the find to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program.

The March 2011 earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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