Removal of tsunami dock smooths out on Ore. beach

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tsunami dock Removal of tsunami dock smooths out on Ore. beach

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(AP) – After some initial glitches, work has been going smoothly on cutting up the box-car sized concrete dock that floated up on an Oregon beach after breaking loose from a Japanese fishing port during last year’s tsunami.

Scott Korab of Ballard Diving and Salvage says they expect to finish cutting the second piece off the dock on Friday, and load it on a truck to be hauled to a Portland suburb for recycling.

He says they hope to finish cutting the dock into five pieces and hauling it away by Saturday or Sunday.

The 165-ton dock washed up on Agate Beach north of Newport, Ore., eight weeks ago.

Korab says the concrete will be broken down into gravel for paving parking lots. One corner will be saved for a memorial.

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