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Originally published Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

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Workers ready to remove tsunami dock from Wash. coast

Weather permitting, work could begin this weekend on dismantling a 65-foot dock that washed up on the Washington coast. The dock came across the Pacific after the Japanese tsunami.

The Associated Press

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FORKS, Clallam County — Workers are waiting in Forks for better weather to start removing a 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 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.

Japan is paying most of the $478,000 removal cost. A serial number confirmed the dock was lost in the March 2011 tsunami. It landed on the coast in December.

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