(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) — Shoes containing human bones from people killed by the 2011 Japanese tsunami are likely to begin washing up on the US West Coast later this year, an expert said Thursday, May 24.

Curt Ebbesmeyer, a retired oceanographer and expert on marine currents, drift patterns and beachcombing, said the leading edge of a debris field from last year’s killer tsunami should begin arriving in October.

“I think there will be bones in sneakers washing up over the years,” said Ebbesmeyer, who spoke at a symposium on the subject earlier this week in Washington state.

“There are still 3,000 people missing from the tsunami, so these may be the last remains that a family has,” he told AFP.

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