Ball floats from Japan to Alaska following tsunami

April 23, 2012 8:54:29 AM PDT
A very special soccer ball will board a flight from Alaska to Japan next month -- after floating 5,000 miles across the Pacific following last year's tsunami.

The ball is one of the first pieces of debris washed ashore in Alaska from the tsunami which was sparked by a massive magnitude nine earthquake in March of 2011. David Baxter, of Alaska, found the ball while he was beach combing. His wife was able to translate what was written on the ball. They tracked down its owner, a 16-year-old boy - here's what he said through a translator. He lost his home and possessions in the tsunami.

"It is my treasure. I was to transfer to another school after third grade and my homeroom teacher and classmates gave the ball to me. It has been hard to find my own belongings after the earthquake," said Murakami.

The teen lost his home and possessions in the tsunami. Baxter plans to personally deliver the ball to the teen in May.


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