Photos: Midway Atoll Socked by Japan Tsunami

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Albatross Trapped Debris

Credit: Pete Leary/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

As the massive tsunami generated by Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake made its way across the Pacific Ocean from Japan, it swept across Midway Atoll, covering…Read More »

the island in debris. Midway lies near the northwestern end of the Hawaiian Islands, about one third of the way between Honolulu and Tokyo.

The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the North Pacific Ocean is famous for its Laysan albatross population. The island is home to the oldest known wild bird in the United States, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom. The 60-year-old bird was spotted a few weeks ago with a chick at Midway, the FWS announced last week (March 8).

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