Tsunami Preparedness
5:59 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Hear Testimony On Tsunami Preparedness

A major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could cause catastrophic damage in the Pacific Northwest.

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:49 pm

Oregon lawmakers are turning their attention to earthquake and tsunami preparedness.

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Tsunami Prep
7:30 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New School On Washington Coast To Provide Tsunami Refuge

Ocosta Elementary students wielded clam guns while adults guiding the new school/tsunami refuge project shoveled at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Up and down the West Coast there are beach towns where it would be challenging to escape a tsunami. That's because high ground is out of reach assuming the roads are buckled or jammed after a great earthquake. Now one low-lying Washington coastal town in that predicament is doing something about it.

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Tsunami Debris
7:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

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

Shipping tote dislodged during the Japanese tsunami washed ashore near Seal Rock, Ore. in late November. It was covered with about 200 blue mussels.
Credit Oregon State University

Winter storms off the Oregon and Washington coastlines are expected to bring a new wave of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Scientists say objects are already washing ashore – with potentially invasive organisms riding along.

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Tsunami Prep Fun
7:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

5K Run/Walk In Cannon Beach Injects Fun Into Tsunami Readiness

Runners set off from the beach during the inaugural "Race the Wave" 5K fun run/walk.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

People along the Oregon Coast ran for their lives Sunday to escape an imaginary tsunami. Local, state and federal emergency management agencies hatched the idea for a 5K fun run and walk along an actual tsunami evacuation route in Cannon Beach. The event was an example of trying to inject some levity in the serious business of disaster readiness.

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Radioactive Waste
6:55 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Richland-Built Technology To Treat Radioactive Water In Japan

John Raymont, founder and president of Kurion, stands inside one of his company’s containerized mobile strontium filter units. These shipping-container-like machines will be shipped from the build site in Richland to Japan’s crippled nuclear plant in July.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is bleeding hazardous radioactive water at a mind-staggering rate. Officials at Fukushima Daiich are filling 27-feet-tall tanks nearly every other day. Now, in southeast Washington, a company called Kurion is developing and building a mobile filter system to help deal with that troublesome radioactive wastewater.

The filtering system looks like five large shipping containers. Except, they’re awfully shiny and have a lot of high-tech whiz-bang pipes, electronics and tanks inside. Workers here are still welding, and testing the systems.

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Tsunami Debris
6:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Yet Another Derelict Skiff Likely From Japanese Tsunami Washes Ashore

The wave of derelict boats drifting ashore more than three years after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan continues.
Credit Washington Marine Debris Task Force

The wave of derelict boats drifting ashore more than three years after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan continues. The latest arrival is a fiberglass skiff coated with sea life found today at Horsfall Beach near Coos Bay.

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Tsunami Debris
6:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

New Wave of Suspected Tsunami Debris Washes Ashore

This skiff - suspected Japanese tsunami debris - was found Thursday near Moclips, Wash.
Washington Department of Ecology

A new wave of suspected debris from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan is washing up on Northwest shores. The latest noteworthy object to arrive, a large skiff coated with sea life, was found Thursday near Moclips, Wash.

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Tsunami Debris
8:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Possible New Japanese Tsunami Debris Investigated At Long Beach

Park rangers are investigating the origin of this skiff found near Long Beach, Wash., on Wednesday morning.
Credit Washington State Parks

State park rangers on Washington's Long Beach peninsula are investigating a new possible case of Japanese tsunami debris. This happened after a beachcomber found a 20-foot skiff encrusted with seaweed and gooseneck barnacles.

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Tsunami Debris
4:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Three Years Later, Where Did Japanese Tsunami Debris Go?

File photo of a fishing skiff found on the Washington coast in May 2013.
Eyewitness photo Wash. Marine Debris Task Force

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:26 pm

It's been exactly three years since a huge tsunami in March 2011 took thousands of lives in Japan and washed whole villages out to sea.

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Contaminated Northwest Fish
7:15 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Scientists Say Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radioactivity In West Coast Fish

The concentrations of Cesium from Fukushima were so low that testing devices can't pick up any radioactive material.
Credit urbanworkbench/Flickr

It’s been almost 3 years since the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water were released from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Fish there have been contaminated and some Japanese fisheries are still closed due to ongoing leaks. That’s made many people nervous about eating fish caught on this side of the Pacific Ocean.

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