Tsunami dock removed from Washington coast

Tsunami dock removed from Washington coast
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2012 file photo provided by the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, scientists and others inspect a dock that floated up on a remote stretch of wilderness beach in northwestern Washington. Workers are waiting in Forks, Wash., for better weather to start removing the 65-foot long dock that washed ashore on the Washington coast from the Japanese tsunami. A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Keeley Belva, said Friday, March 15, 2013, that work could start over the weekend if weather, tides and safety considerations are favorable. The dock made of plastic foam encased in concrete is on a remote beach within the boundaries of Olympic National Park and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The Undersea Co. of Port Townsend will dismantle the 185-ton dock into pieces that can be carried away by a helicopter. (AP Photo/Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, File)
FORKS, Wash. (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the last of a 65-foot long dock that traveled across the ocean after the Japanese tsunami has been removed from a remote beach on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The Undersea Co. of Port Townsend began the work March 17, cutting up and airlifting out pieces. Company President John Nesset says it was like opening a 185-ton concrete package filled with foam packing peanuts.

The job was finished Thursday.

Japan paid most of the $628,000 removal cost. A serial number showed the dock came from Aomori Prefecture during the March 2011 tsunami. A similar dock was removed last summer from a beach at Newport, Ore.

The Washington dock landed within a wilderness portion of Olympic National Park and also within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.