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Tsunami-vulnerable towns grapple with how to save lives

PORTLAND, Ore. — Bracing for a tsunami like the one that devastated Japanese communities during a 2011 mega-earthquake, coastal communities from British Columbia to California have been grappling with how to protect people from a similar catastrophe.

Date: 10/28/2015 | Northwest

8.3 magnitude quake rocks Chile; aftershocks are strong

SANTIAGO, Chile — A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and bringing flooding from small tsunami waves in some shore towns.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

Japan lifts evacuation order for town near Fukushima

NARAHA, Japan — Japan’s government Saturday lifted a 4?˝-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that had sent all of the town’s 7,400 residents away following the disaster at the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

The big one: Don’t fret; plan

Most of us in the Northwest know we live with the threat of earthquakes, but many of us limit our preparations for disaster by reminding ourselves to buy a case of water the next time we're at Costco.For those who happened upon a New Yorker article that went viral on...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Editorials

What’s ahead for Fukushima nuclear plant?

TOKYO — Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, the road ahead remains riddled with unknowns.The government approved a revised 30-to-40-year roadmap Friday that delays by three years the start of a key initial step...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Business Wire

Some hotels in Oregon resist tsunami awareness initiative

SEASIDE, Ore. — Some hotels on the Oregon coast are resisting a new tsunami awareness initiative.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Northwest

Fish found in suspected tsunami debris boat quarantined in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — The wreckage of a fishing boat that appears to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was carrying some unexpected passengers — fish from Japanese waters — when it was spotted off the Oregon coast.

Date: 04/18/2015 | Northwest

Study: More people could survive tsunami if they walk faster

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — About 5,500 more people could survive a major tsunami hitting the Pacific Northwest if they just walk a little faster to higher ground after roads are knocked out, a new study shows.

Date: 04/13/2015 | Northwest

Robot will probe melted Fukushima reactor

HITACHI, Japan — A snake-like robot designed to examine the inside of one of three melted reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is ready to begin its expedition.Assessing the damage inside the reactors is a crucial step in the decommissioning of the plant,...

Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World

Start for ‘tsunami-proof’ school building on Washington coast

WESTPORT — Ground has been broken for a new school building on the Washington coast at Westport. Officials say the structure is designed to be tsunami-proof.KOMO-TV reported that the planned “vertical evacuation structure” will be an addition to the Ocosta Elementary School.

Date: 01/16/2015 | Northwest

Fukushima radiation tracked to West Coast

How long did it take a radioactive plume to travel the waters of the Pacific from Fukushima, Japan, to the shores of North America?The answer, according to a new study published in PNAS, is about 2.1 years.

Date: 12/31/2014 | Nation & World

After tsunami, Aceh adopted sharia law

MEULABOH, Indonesia — It is a little past noon on a Friday, time for Anshari and his troops to spring into action.Their first stop is outside the gates of Meulaboh's central mosque, where fruit and vegetable hawkers display their wares. The announcement comes that it's...

Date: 12/28/2014 | Nation & World

Oregon State warned on building in tsunami zone

NEWPORT, Ore. — Oregon’s state geologist has urged Oregon State University not to put a marine studies building in the tsunami zone south of Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge — or at least to build it to withstand waves as high as 43 feet.

Date: 12/27/2014 | Northwest

Typhoon slams into eastern Philippines

LEGAZPI, Philippines — Typhoon Hagupit slammed into the central Philippines’ east coast late Saturday, knocking out power and toppling trees in a region where 650,000 people have fled to safety, still haunted by the massive death and destruction wrought by a monster storm last year.

Date: 12/07/2014 | Nation & World

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