Boat caught in Japan tsunami washes ashore in California

A small boat that washed up in Northern California after the massive 2011 tsunami that hit Japan has been claimed by a city that was devastated in the disaster.

 Boat caught in Japan tsunami washes ashore in California

AP

The Triplicate newspaper in Crescent City reports that officials in the Japanese city of Rikuzentakata are in a "giddy state of shock" and would love to get the boat back.

Rikuzentakata spokeswoman Amya Miller says hours after photos of the 20-foot (6-meter) boat were posted to Crescent City's Facebook page, a teacher from the Japanese high school's marine sciences program said the vessel was theirs.

Humboldt State University geologist Lori Dengler says she posted the photos recently after a university librarian translated the name of the high school from the boat.

Associated Press

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Updated Date: Apr 16, 2013 10:32:07 IST