Tsunami Debris

Tsunami Debris Cleanup
6:06 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Tsunami Debris Cleanup Costs Mounting

This refrigerator with Japanese labels was found on Long Beach on July 5.
Shelly Pollock

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.

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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
4:04 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Say Tsunami Debris Grants Not Enough

This map displays all possible tsunami debris sightings since December 2011. The red triangle designates confirmed sightings.
NOAA/ Coastal Response Research Center

Lawmakers from the Northwest are asking the federal government to provide millions of dollars to clean up debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last year. But Matt Laslo reports from the nation’s capital that thus far the region is only eligible for thousands of dollars.

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Tsunami Dock Removal
6:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tsunami Dock To Be Dismantled, Removed

A piece of tsunami debris, a dock that washed ashore near Newport, will be dismantled and removed by a Vancouver, Wash., company.
Oregon State Parks

The days are numbered for the massive Japanese dock that washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month. The Oregon State Parks Department announced Tuesday that it's accepted a bid from a Vancouver, Wash., salvage company to break apart the dock and remove it.

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Tsunami Debris Tested
5:18 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Tsunami Debris That Washes Ashore Tested For Radiation

Lynn Albin with Washington's Dept. of Health tests a piece of foam insulation of unknown origin for radiation.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Oregon State Parks managers have two new Geiger counters to scan possible tsunami debris that floats in from Japan. On the Washington coast, state health department scientists are now regularly checking marine debris and fish for possible radiation from last year's Japanese nuclear meltdown. The testing is mostly just to reassure the public, not out of grave concern that radiation will get here.

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Tsunami Test
5:23 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Hundreds Head For The Hills In Seaside Tsunami Drill

A tsunami drill sent people to higher ground.
Photo Credit: Patriarca12 Wikimedia commons

The sound of tsunami warning sirens sent hundreds of people in Seaside, Oregon scurrying on foot to higher ground Wednesday. The resort town held a community-wide evacuation drill.

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Tsunami Debris
4:54 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Cost Recovery Part Of West Coast Tsunami Debris Cleanup Discussion

Debris in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan after tsunami.
Photo Credit: United States Navy

Thursday in Ocean Shores, Washington, dozens of people from government, tribes and community groups strategized how to respond to marine debris from last year's Japanese tsunami.

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Japanese Ghost Ship
3:34 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Coast Guard Watching Sheen After Sinking 'Ghost Ship'

Ryou-un Maru, the derelict fishing vessel sank at 6:15 pm in 6,000 feet of water.
Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard is watching for fuel and debris from a derelict Japanese fishing vessel it sank off the coast of Southeast Alaska on Thursday.

Kip Wadlow is with the agency’s public affairs office. He says all that was spotted was a small sheen. But he expected that to dissipate quickly.

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Tsunami Debris Research
4:42 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Senators Call For Emergency Research Of Tsunami Debris

Debris off the Honshu Coast soon after the tsunami.
Photo credit: U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

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 U.S. That’s according to Senators Maria Cantwell and Mark Begich, who have written a letter to President Barack Obama, asking that emergency research funds from the National Science Foundation be mobilized to help scientists hone in on what needs to be done to prepare for the arrival of the debris.

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