Japanese Tsunami

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3:03 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Three Years Later, Where Did Japanese Tsunami Debris Go?

In this Dec. 21, 2012 file photo provided by the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, scientists inspect a dock that floated up on a remote stretch of wilderness beach in northwestern Washington.
AP Photo/Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Exactly three years have passed since a huge tsunami in March 2011 took thousands of lives in Japan and washed whole villages out to sea. Suspected tsunami debris started arriving on our shores the following December, but it's been less than feared.

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12:37 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Workers ready to remove tsunami dock from Wash. coast

Members of the Washington tsunami debris experts team inspect a dock Friday Dec. 21, 2012 that apparently floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and just washed ashore on a Washington beach near Forks Tuesday.
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Associated Press

Workers are waitingin Forks for better weather to start removing a 65-foot long dock that washed ashore on the Washington coast from the Japanese tsunami.

A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Keeley Belva, said Friday work could start over the weekend if weather, tides and safety considerations are favorable.

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9:15 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Did 2011 Japan tsunami change preparedness on our 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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4:54 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Long Metal Pipe Found On Northwest Coast

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.

State Parks spokeswoman Sandy Mealing says the metal tourist will reside in a storage area until it can pass a few more tests.

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10:58 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Tsunami debris dock decontaminated; removal poses next challenge

Wash. Dept. of Fish

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 9:01 am

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 the story is not over yet.

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11:19 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Officials tracking large tsunami debris off Washington coast

A Japanese dock that showed up on an Oregon beach earlier this year.

Federal, state and tribal officials are attempting to track a large dock that was reported drifting off the coast of Washington state.

NOAA spokeswoman Keeley Belva said Monday the object has not been relocated or confirmed since it was initially reported Dec. 14. Fishermen aboard a vessel reported seeing a large object floating off the coast, about 16 nautical miles northwest of Grays Harbor. 

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12:13 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Resurgence of tsunami debris likely; Washington finally has plan

A piece of debris that washed up on a beach in Ocean Shores, Wash., in June.
The Associated Press

Winter winds and ocean currents are expected to deposit more debris on the Washington coast from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

State Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent says the amount of debris declined over the summer after peaking in June, but it could pick up as weather patterns shift.

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4:35 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Minute traces of Japan reactor meltdown found in Pacific tuna

Delvan Neville, a graduate researcher with OSU's Radiation Health Physics program, marks samples of albacore being tested for radioactivity. Photo courtesy of OSU Radiation Health Physics program

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Researchers with Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they’ve detected minute amounts of radioactivity from the Fukushima reactor meltdown in albacore tuna caught along the West Coast. It's not considered a health threat at all.

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7:12 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Japan offers to contribute to tsunami debris cleanup

The Japanese government said it will help pay to clean up debris from the tsunami, such as this refrigerator found on Long Beach on July 5. Photo courtesy of Shelly Pollock

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:10 pm

For the first time, the Japanese government says it will help to cover some of the cost of cleaning up tsunami debris on American and Canadian shores. Confirmed debris swept to sea by last year's Japanese tsunami began to wash up here this spring.

International law imposes no formal obligation on Japan to help. But now the spin from Tokyo is that the Japanese government wants to make a gesture of appreciation for the overseas support it has received since last year.

Here's chief cabinet secretary Osamu Fujimura speaking through a translator.

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Japanese Tsunami debris
12:34 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Tsunami debris clean-up costs mounting in NW

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

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:38 pm

SALEM, Ore. – 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.

Tsunami debris. It's not just for ocean beaches anymore.

"This stuff's coming into rivers now," says Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department.

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7:05 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Update: 1st piece off Newport tsunami dock stuck in sand

The plan is to cut the 165-ton concrete dock into five slices, like a loaf of bread, and load them onto flatbed trucks, which drive over the soft sand on a roadway of planks and steel plates.
The Associated Press

Workers removing a tsunami dock from Agate Beach near Newport cut off the first piece Wednesday, but they were unable to remove it before dark.

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10:29 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Schoolchildren from Japan's tsunami zone get respite in Northwest

Rebuilding has gone slowly in tsunami-ravaged Minamisanriku, Japan. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 4:02 pm

Eight junior high students and their teachers from the Japanese tsunami zone arrive in Seattle Thursday. It's an unusual disaster relief effort. The schoolchildren are being treated to a free trip to escape the still difficult conditions at home, at least temporarily.

Bellevue, Washington-based web and email hosting firm PSP, Inc. donated to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief last year, like other Pacific Northwest companies did.

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Japanese Tsunami debris
5:29 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. Image via NOAA/ Coastal Response Research Center

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 8:25 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lawmakers from the Northwest say a new federal grant to help clean up tsunami debris is just not enough to get the job done. They’re lobbying for millions of dollars to get rid of items washing ashore from last year’s tsunami in Japan.

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7:36 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Hundreds turn out to clean up Northwest beaches of tsunami, other debris

Beach cleanup volunteers found this refrigerator on Long Beach with Japanese labels on July 5. Photo courtesy of Shelly Pollock

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 4:28 pm

More than 700 volunteers turned out Thursday to help pick up litter and flotsam on the Oregon and southwest Washington coasts. Volunteers were on alert for debris from last year's tsunami in Japan. There were some possible new finds on Long Beach, Washington.

The fifth of July is a traditional beach cleanup day in Manzanita and Seaside, Oregon and on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. The coordinator of Manzanita's cleanup estimates the three dump truck loads hauled away were "99 percent fireworks" related.

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4:20 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Tsunami costs mounting; Gregoire releases $500,000 for cleanup

While the Japanese dock that showed up on an Oregon beach is the largest single piece of tsunami debris so far, many tons of small debris are washing ashore daily.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire is releasing $500,000 from her emergency fund to address costs associated with potential debris washing up on the state's beaches from the Japanese tsunami.

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