Articles tagged tsunami

Dec. 8, 2014, 10:43 a.m.

More Japanese Tsunami Debris Will Wash Up This Winter On Northwest Shores, Scientists Predict

The first large debris item has already washed ashore in Oregon, carrying with it a host of marine life from Asia. Scientists continue to worry that the non-native species will find a new home in the Pacific Northwest.

June 5, 2014, 10:43 a.m.

Oregon Lags Behind Washington In Quake, Tsunami Prep

Oregon seriously lags behind Washington in preparing its infrastructure to withstand an earthquake or tsunami, state officials told lawmakers recently.

June 2, 2014, 10:18 a.m.

Tsunami Planning Targets Greatest Risk Areas

Emergency officials warned Oregon lawmakers about the biggest gaps in Northwest tsunami preparedness that need to be addressed, including difficult to follow evacuation routes.

March 11, 2014, 9:46 p.m.

Three Years Later, Where Did Japanese Tsunami Debris Go?

It's been exactly three years since a huge tsunami in March 2011 took thousands of lives in Japan. Suspected tsunami debris arriving on Northwest shores has been less than feared.

Jan. 16, 2014, 1 a.m.

Scientists Say Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radioactivity In Fish

Hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water were released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 hit Japan. That’s made many people nervous about eating fish caught on this side of the Pacific Ocean.

Aug. 6, 2013, 3:27 p.m.

Radioactive Water From Fukushima Plant Leaking Into Pacific

Radioactive groundwater at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor is headed for the Pacific Ocean. On Monday, an official at Japan’s nuclear watchdog agency told Reuters that the situation constitutes an “emergency.”

April 8, 2013, 10:45 a.m.

Japanese Fish Hitch Ride On Boat To Wash. Beach

What a long, strange trip it's been for a small striped fish native to Japan that apparently hitched a cross-Pacific ride in a small boat believed to be part of a tide of debris from that country's March 2011 tsunami.

March 25, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

New Tsunami Debris May Be Cultural Relic

The top of a Japanese temple gate may be the latest tsunami debris to wash ashore in Oregon.

Feb. 6, 2013, 7 a.m.

Boat Found On Oregon Shore Likely Tsunami Debris

Scientists say a 30-foot boat that washed ashore on Gleneden Beach on the central Oregon coast appears to be debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami.

Jan. 7, 2013, 9:43 a.m.

Tsunami Debris Dock Decontaminated; Removal Poses Next Challenge

Biologists are confident they have minimized the invasive species threat posed by a derelict dock that washed ashore last month in Olympic National Park. The dock is likely from last year's tsunami in Japan.

Dec. 26, 2012, 7:25 a.m.

Dozens Of Japanese Coastal Species Hitched Ride On Floating Dock

Marine scientists say dozens of Japanese coastal species hitched a ride across the Pacific Ocean on a floating dock. The likely piece of tsunami debris washed ashore in Olympic National Park last week.

Dec. 20, 2012, 7 a.m.

Storm Is Keeping Wash. Tsunami Debris Crews Away From Dock Site

Stormy weather is keeping crews looking for tsunami debris away from a dock that washed ashore on a remote beach on the Washington state coast.

Dec. 19, 2012, 7 a.m.

Large Dock Washes Ashore On Wash. Coast

Washington state officials say a Coast Guard helicopter has spotted a large dock that has washed ashore in a remote section of Olympic National Park on the northwest Washington coast.

Aug. 26, 2012, 7 a.m.

Dredging Up Tsunami Silt On The Oregon Coast

Large swaths of silt thrust into the Port of Brookings-Harbor by the 2011 tsunami are set to be sucked out of the boat basin in a fashion not yet seen on the Oregon Coast.

Aug. 14, 2012, 5 a.m.

Quileute Tribe Fights to Regain Precious Land in a Changing Climate

The Quileute tribe has been in a struggle to reclaim land threatened by floods and sea level rise. Together with the PBS NewsHour and KCTS9, EarthFix visited the tribe to hear their story.

Aug. 7, 2012, 7:03 a.m.

Tsunami Debris Clean-Up Costs Mounting

The costs of cleaning up Japanese tsunami debris along Northwest coasts are adding up. Oregon says it's reached the half-million dollar mark. And officials say debris is now being spotted in unexpected places.

Aug. 6, 2012, 8:10 a.m.

Environmental Community Preps For More Tsunami Debris

Environmental advocates from both sides of the Pacific toured Cannon Beach Saturday to get a firsthand look at issues connected to tsunami debris clean-up.

June 28, 2012, 1 a.m.

Tsunami Dock Species Under the Microscope

Oregon State University scientists at the Hatfield Marine Science center are among the people studying the debris that is washing ashore from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

June 7, 2012, 11:38 a.m.

Tsunami Debris' Environmental Threat: Invasive Species

Oregon State University scientists have confirmed the presence of environmental risks posed by a large floating dock that washed ashore from the Japanese tsunami. The threat comes from invasive species -- not the radiation and chemical contamination first feared.

June 6, 2012, 1:32 p.m.

Japanese Dock Washes Ashore In Oregon

The Japanese consulate has confirmed that the dock that washed ashore Tuesday at Agate Beach near Newport is debris from the March 2011 Tsunami in Japan. It was checked for radiation and results came back negative.

May 23, 2012, 1:35 p.m.

Expert Expects Shoes, Bones In Tsunami Debris

An oceanographer who tracks flotsam says West Coast beachcombers may find floating athletic shoes with human bones as more debris from the Japanese tsunami washes ashore.

April 6, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Coast Guard Tries To Sink Castaway ‘Ghost Ship’

JUNEAU, Alaska - The U.S. Coast Guard is attempting to sink a derelict Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Alaska. The Ryou-un Maru has been adrift in the Pacific since last year’s tsunami in Japan.

March 30, 2012, 2:23 p.m.

Lawmakers: Tsunami Debris Demands Emergency Research

A year after the devastating earthquake in Japan, up to 100,000 tons of tsunami-generated debris is posing an urgent threat to coastal economies in the western United States.

March 27, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

More Japanese Tsunami Debris Hits Washington Coast

More debris swept away in the Japanese tsunami a year ago is apparently washing ashore on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

Feb. 28, 2012, 4:45 p.m.

Tsunami Debris Update: Coming Our Way In 2013

Nearly a year has passed since a 9.0 earthquake triggered the tsunami that devastated vast sections of Japan’s eastern coast. Three and a half thousand people are still missing. Almost 16,000 have been confirmed dead. The Japanese government estimates that the tsunami washed more than 4 million tons of debris out to sea - and it's heading towards a coastline near you.

Jan. 30, 2012, 8:40 a.m.

Japanese Official Inspects Neah Bay Flotsam

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -— An official from the Japanese consulate in Seattle has visited the home of a Port Angeles man to inspect a large black float he found near Neah Bay to determine if it's some of the first debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last March.

Jan. 13, 2012, 5 a.m.

Possible Tsunami Debris Washing Up On Northwestern Shores

It’s been almost a year since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a tsunami. The Japanese government estimated that up to 25 million tons of debris washed into the Pacific Ocean. Now that debris may be starting to make landfall along US coasts.

Sept. 7, 2011, 8:11 p.m.

Professor Makes Waves to Save Lives

Researchers at Oregon State University are drawing attention to their work to better understand "megatsunamis" -- a type of destructive wave triggered by a terrestrial or underwater landslide.

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