MIDDLETON ISLAND, Alaska — Federal Scientists say Alaska is seeing the first pieces of debris coming up onto our coast from last year's tsunami in Japan.
A volleyball and soccerball were spotted by co-workers of David Baxter while they were beachcombing on Middleton Island, located south of Cordova in the Gulf of Alaska.
Baxter said his wife traced the writing on the balls to a Japanese school in an area hit by the tsunami. He said the writing helped them trace the soccerball to its owner.
"They found out that [the owner] was a displaced student," Baxter said. "His home had been destroyed and he was living in an evacuation center, so we just thought it would be nice to get the ball back to him."