On the Oregon coast, near Florence, part of a Japanese shrine washed ashore.
A piece of a Japanese shrine entrance has been removed from the Oregon coast after washing ashore near Florence.
Someone spotted a 14-foot-long, red and black portion of a torii, a freestanding gate used to mark the entrance of a shrine or sacred area, Monday night at South Jetty Beach, said Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in a news release. Park staff removed the piece by Tuesday afternoon.
The piece is believed to be part of debris that drifted from Japan after a tsunami and magnitude-9 earthquake hit the country in 2011. Another piece of a Torii was found at Oceanside on March 22 and removed three days later, Havel said. Both pieces are being stored.
Japan's consulate office in Portland has been contacted about both pieces, Havel said.