Fridges, chairs reach Alaska shores

Kyodo

Refrigerators, chairs and plastic kerosene containers are among the latest apparently Japanese belongings to wash ashore recently on Middleton Island in Alaska, local resident David Baxter said Wednesday.

Baxter, 51, has already found signed soccer balls and other objects that floated across the Pacific Ocean after being washed away by the March 2011 tsunami and returned some of them to their owners.

Baxter said he found fridges with Japanese instructions attached, chairs, coolers and kerosene containers, as well as fishing floats or buoys and clumps of what appear to be insulation material when he went beachcombing twice in July.