A fishing boat that went missing nine years ago returned home on its own

A fishing boat that went missing nine years ago returned home on its own

The boat circled the Pacific Ocean and returned to its home harbor.
On the Japanese island of Hatijojima found a fishing boat, which disappeared in 2011 after the devastating tsunami. During this time she bypassed the Pacific Ocean and visited the U.S. coast.

Before her disappearance, the 5.5-meter-long boat was in the Japanese town of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. The distance from Hachijoma to Kesennuma is about 650 kilometers, but experts do not exclude that the lost boat traveled a much longer distance. This is evidenced by the corals covering it.

According to a local expert quoted by the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, the boat crossed the Pacific Ocean and reached the west coast of the United States, where it entered the northern equatorial current, which carried it toward Southeast Asia. There, the Kuroshio Current picked up the boat and brought it back to the coast of Japan.

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, generating a devastating tsunami. It led to the death of 18 thousand people and the disaster at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. The damage caused by the natural disaster was estimated at hundreds of billions of dollars.