If you live in Hawaii, California, British Columbia, Alaska or Baja California, here are some bad news: According to computer models made by scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, all the debris washed out by the Japan tsunami is coming your way.


This is how the trash will spread through the Pacific and hit the West Coast of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The model in the video above-developed by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner using data from drifting buoys that have been deployed over years through the Pacific Ocean-shows the unstoppable progress of the debris after the March 11 tsunami. The trash plume-formed by all kinds of junk, from pieces of houses and automobiles to consumer electronics-is now spreading eastward from Japan taken by the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.


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