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Toxic bottles keep popping up on Okinawa beaches

Date Posted: 2008-03-07

Dozens more plastic containers have floated ashore on Okinawa this week, bringing to at least 184 snagged by officials since the first were spotted February 29th.

Many are highly toxic, and Okinawa Prefecture officials warn “Don’t touch them. Stay away from the containers.” Environmental specialists say 95 of the bottles are labeled with Korean letters saying “strong hydrochloric acid.” Another nine bottles have Chinese characters, six have English writing, and four others have Japanese kangi.

The Prefecture Environmental Section says they’re not sure where the plastic containers are coming from, but asks “anyone finding these plastic containers to call Prefecture or city offices, or town offices. Officials say aside from the Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English, there are other languages printed on some of the bottles washed ashore at 18 different Okinawa beach locations.

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