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Boat found in Washington might be tsunami debris

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April 28: Authorities in Washington state are trying to determine if a small boat that washed on the beach at Ocean Shores is indeed from the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.

Washington authorities are working with the Japanese consulate to determine whether a small boat found on a beach in the town of Ocean Shores might have crossed the Pacific from the March 2011 tsunami.

Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent said Thursday there's a nameplate on the boat, but it's barely legible.

The boat was found Monday covered with barnacles and seaweed. It was taken to a state parks maintenance facility and tested for invasive species.

Kent says another boat found April 23 near Long Beach, also covered with marine life, had no marks that could determine its origin.

She says there has been no confirmed tsunami debris since last year.

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