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US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami

By Rachel D'oro

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the derelict Japanese fishing vessel RYOU-UN MARU drifts more than 125 miles from Forrester Island in southeast Alaska where it entered U.S. waters March 31, 2012. The vessel has been adrift since it was launched by a tsunami caused by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan last year.

U.S. Coast Guard, Associated Press

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KODIAK, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami.

The shrimping vessel is floating about 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska. It's traveling about 1 mile per hour.

The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship on Thursday with plans to use high explosive rounds to sink the vessel.

The vessel, named Ryou-Un Maru, is believed to be 150 to 200 feet long.

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