Japanese Tsunami Debris
4:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Oregon Officials Ask If Washed-Ashore Wood Could Come From Japanese Arch

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department was called about part of a boat -- but instead found floating material that could be debris from the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.
Credit Judson Randall

Oregon authorities have contacted the Japanese Consulate in Portland to find out whether a piece of presumed tsunami debris that washed up at Oceanside on Friday is culturally significant.

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Tsunami Readiness
4:07 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Did 2011 Japan Tsunami Change Preparedness On Northwest Coast?

Oregon Emergency Management Division

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 2:59 pm

The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan served as a wake up call for coastal residents and visitors on our shores. But two years later, it is hard to measure how much that disaster has changed tsunami readiness on the Pacific Northwest coast.

Althea Rizzo is the geologic hazards program coordinator for Oregon Emergency Management. She says she's certain tsunami awareness has increased.

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Tsunami Design Code
4:58 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Structural Engineers Developing Tsunami Design Code For Coastal Buildings

Ecola Architects, PC

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:32 pm

SEATTLE - Building codes cover fire prevention, energy efficiency, and seismic safety among other things. Now a group of civil engineers from around the West is developing additions to the code to cover the threat of a tsunami.

Kent Yu of Degenkolb Engineers in Portland is one of the members of an American Society of Civil Engineers subcommittee drafting standards for "tsunami loads and effects."

"I think it is going to help make our communities more resilient."

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Japan Tsunami Debris
4:13 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Boat Washed Ashore Near Newport Possible Tsunami Debris

Justin Ainsworth, ODFW biologist, inspecting the boat that washed up on Gleneden Beach.
Credit Oregon Office of Emergency Management

A boat that washed ashore on Gleneden Beach near Newport on the Central Oregon Coast appears to be debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami.

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Possible Tsunami Debris
5:07 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Long Metal Pipe Found On Northwest Coast

A 19-foot-long metal pipe landed at Cape Disappointment near Ilwaco, Wash.
Washington State Parks

A team from Washington Fish and Wildlife is trying to figure out whether the newest rusty visitor to the Northwest coast came from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The 19-foot-long metal pipe landed at Cape Disappointment near Ilwaco, Wash.

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Japan Tsunami Debris
5:02 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Dock Confirmed As Tsunami Debris; Salvage Bids Requested

National Park Service

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 5:26 pm

A dock that washed ashore on a remote Washington beach last month is now confirmed as debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. This news comes just as the federal government requests bids from salvage companies to get rid of the huge hulk.

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Tsunami Debris
6:11 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Tsunami Debris Dock Decontaminated; Removal Poses Next Challenge

On a return visit this week, the tsunami debris crew found the dock has lodged higher on shore.
Credit Photo courtesy Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

State and federal biologists say they are confident they have minimized the invasive species threat posed by a derelict dock that washed ashore last month in Olympic National Park. The concrete and steel dock appears to have drifted across the Pacific Ocean after last year's tsunami in Japan. But correspondent Tom Banse reports the story is not over yet.

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Tsunami Dock
6:16 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Biologists Try To Clean Invasive Species Off Tsunami Dock

Scientists inspect the marine life clinging to the dock.
Credit National Park Service

Federal and state biologists are trekking back to a remote beach in Olympic National Park where a large dock washed ashore. The concrete and steel dock appears to have drifted across the Pacific Ocean after last year's tsunami in Japan.

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Tsunami Warning Siren
6:24 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Tsunami Warning Sirens Phased Out In Coastal Oregon County

A tsunami warning sign in Seaside, Oregon.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Most of the tsunami warning sirens in one Oregon coastal county will go silent in the New Year. Communities up and down the West Coast are phasing in more modern forms of emergency alerts. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Northwest News
2:44 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Scientists Find Japanese Writing, Invasives On Likely Tsunami Debris Dock

National Park Service (Olympic National Park)

Originally published on Sun December 23, 2012 11:15 am

A reconnaissance team on the Washington coast has finally reached a large dock that washed ashore on an Olympic Peninsula beach early this week. The team found Japanese writing and Asian barnacles on the hollow concrete dock. That strongly suggests the hulk drifted across the ocean after last year's tsunami in Japan.

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