Kayakers surveying Washington State's most remote beaches for debris from last year's Japanese tsunami say they believe they have found part of a house, along with pieces of a washing machine, laundry hamper and child's toilet bowl.
Three kayakers with the Ikkatsu Project wrote in a report this week that they found the remnants June 12 as they worked their way up a beach near the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, about 120 miles west of Seattle.
They discovered a lumber pile mixed in with driftwood and seaweed. The lumber's dimensions were metric, and some of it was stamped with a serial number they traced to a mill in Osaka -- the Diawa Pallet Housou Co., the kayakers wrote.
Curtis Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who is on the expedition's advisory board, said it is too soon to confirm whether the debris was from a Japanese home.
"It's like an archaeological dig," he said Tuesday. "It's a bunch of things that could be construed as a house."