KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An investigation has been launched to determine if an object that appears to be a compressed gas cylinder that washed ashore onto Lanikai Beach is another piece of Japanese tsunami debris.
The cylinder, reported to be approximately 4 feet long by 18 inches wide and weighing 150 pounds, had been laying at the end of the beach for several weeks, according to area residents, before it was moved to the end of a beach access lane. That's where it was found by a Hawaii News Now viewer who was riding his bicycle on Thursday, who then reported it to the Honolulu Fire Department.
The cylinder has Japanese scripting on it, including what appears to be a barcode attached to the cylinder. There is also some sort of liquid inside it, but witnesses believe it could be seawater and that there did not appear to be any leakage.
If confirmed as tsunami debris, it would be only the 36th confirmed tsunami-related item since more than five million tons of debris was swept into the ocean near Fukushima, Japan in March of 2011.
Anyone who discovers what appears to be tsunami debris is asked to call the Hawaii Department of natural Resources at (808) 587-0400 or send an email with a photo, the time and date the item was discovered, where it was discovered, and your own contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.