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Villages Destroyed in Solomons Tsunami
ABC News - February 06, 2013
  • The tsunami was generated by a M8.0 earthquake that struck near the town of Lata, on Santa Cruz in Temotu, the easternmost province in the Solomons. Smaller waves were recorded in Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

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Ancient tsunami devastated Lake Geneva shoreline
NATURE - October 31, 2012
  • Sediments suggest wave was triggered by massive rock fall, highlighting risk to modern lakeside communities. In ad 563 a deadly tsunami on Lake Geneva ...

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New computer models for tsunami defence
news.ninemsn.com.au - September 21, 2012
  • A new computer modelling system developed by Australian scientists will help coastal communities plan better defences against tsunamis and storm surges.

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Meteor in Pacific Ocean Caused Tsunami, Ice Age
Laboratory Equipment - September 20, 2012
  • When a huge meteor collided with Earth about 2.5 Myr. ago in the S Pacific Ocean it not only likely generated a massive tsunami but also may have caused Ice Age.

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Weird waves help model tsunamis' destructive potential
New Scientist - September 20, 2012
  • Once thought to be extremely rare, X- and Y-shaped waves with unusually high peaks regularly appear in ankle-deep water under certain conditions.

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Thailand May Face Tsunami Late This Year
news.thaivisual.com - September 14, 2012
  • Scientist Art-ong Jumsai Na Ayudhya warned there could be strong earthquakes and the first tsunami in the Gulf of Thailand due to a fault in the Philippines.

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How wave shapes could explain those devastating tsunamis
OurAmazingPlanet - September 13, 2012
  • X- and Y-shaped ocean waves that are often seen at beaches may help explain why tsunamis can be so devastating, researchers say.

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Japan Offers To Contribute To Tsunami Debris Cleanup
www.npr.org - September 04, 2012
  • 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.

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Earthquakes since 1898
uxblog.idvsolutions.com - August 30, 2012
  • --> Earthquake-map collecting quake-dates (Mag. >4) since 1898 on one map visualizing & contouring the active zones.  

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Photos Of Tsunami Devastation In Japan
Business Insider - August 21, 2012
  • Photographer Aaron Hobson saw the destruction and beauty of the Tohoku region while "touring" hundreds of miles of local roads on Google Street View.

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Team trawls through Pacific Ocean debris to study effects on marine life
dailymail.co.uk - August 11, 2012
  • For 1 group of  adventurers, their expedition instead involved sailing through the rough seas of the North Pacific Ocean amid tons of debris from Japanese Tsunami.

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Low areas could end up under water if tsunami hits
www.stuff.co.nz - August 10, 2012
  • Some areas of Canterbury badly damaged by earthquakes could end up under 2.5m of water if a "worst-case" tsunami hits shores, according to a report...

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Pacific Ocean garbage mostly from home, not Japan tsunami
www.cbc.ca - August 09, 2012
  • An environ. group has returned from trip into the debris field in the N- Pacific, where it found that home-grown garbage not tsunami wreckage is forming the bulk...

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Tsunami debris latest addition to ocean pollution
China.org.cn - August 09, 2012
  • A U.S environmental group tracking the debris from last year's Japan tsunami said the floating garbage only highlights the increasing severity of ocean pollution.

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Clock ticking on next major B.C. quake
timescolonist.com - August 05, 2012
  • ...U.S. scientists urging heightened readiness throughout the region for a future offshore "megathrust" event that could compare with...

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Tsunamis can happen along any coastline, including in Norway
theforeigner.no - July 26, 2012
  • A catastr. tsunami slammed the west coast approximately 7,000-8,000 y.ago. A massive landslide at the bottom of the Norwegian Sea called the Storegga Slide...

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Digging up lessons from an ancient quake
The Sacramento Bee - July 15, 2012
  • The study also underscores the fact that a repeat of the most recent Seattle fault quake, dated at about 930 A.D., would be catastrophic for the cities and ports...

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Tsunami debris joins growing pile of refuse in Pacific
NBCNews.com - July 11, 2012
  • VIDEO: The trash accumulating in the Pacific Ocean – scientists estimate there are 1.5 million tons of tsunami debris alone -- is arriving on the West Coast.

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B.C. forms task force for tsunami debris cleanup
CBC News - July 09, 2012
  • Under pressure from critics who have urged the government to act more quickly to address the incoming wave of floating garbage, environment minister...

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Satellite to help tsunami-monitoring system
The Jakarta Post - July 02, 2012
  • ...Taking a lesson from that experience, the ministry aims to make the data transmission networks dual-structured, using both ground and satellite communications.

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Nuclear plant goes online for first time since Japan’s tsunami
TheJournal.ie - July 02, 2012
  • Ohi nuclear plant’s reactor No 3 is returning to operation despite a deep division in public opinion.

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Shipping, fishing industries worry about tsunami debris
NWCN.com - June 30, 2012
  • Pacific Northwest cities have said they don’t have the money to deal with all the tsunami debris that has started washing ashore, and now shipping and fishing industries...

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Tsunami Dock Species Under The Microscope
OPB News - June 28, 2012
  • The Japanese dock that washed ashore in Oregon carried more than a few invasive species. Scientists have found enough living cargo to keep them busy for decades.

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An Ocean of Concern Over Tsunami Debris
HispanicBusiness.com - June 21, 2012
  • ... the garbage doesn't appear to have picked up much radioactive contamination. Volunteers on ships (...) measured no unusual levels of radiation from any of the items scanned.

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NOAA surveys Alaska beaches for tsunami debris
www.sacbee.com - June 18, 2012
  • ...groups that routinely clean ocean trash from Alaska beaches have reported a difference in the volume and type of debris they're seeing this year, leading them to believe...

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Officials testing possible tsunami boat for invasive species
KOMOnews.com - June 16, 2012
  • Washington wildlife officials are testing samples taken from a 20-foot boat that could be debris from the Japanese tsunami to make sure it wasn't carrying invasive species or pathogens.

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Officials: Too early to tell if more tsunami debris washed up on coast
KCBY CBS 11 - June 12, 2012
  • NEWPORT, Ore. -- More and more photos are surfacing of what may be tsunami debris washing up along the Oregon coast.

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Tsunami debris hauls invasive species across Pacific to US shores
The Washington Post - June 09, 2012
  • ...But scientists worried it represented a whole new way for invasive species of seaweed, crabs and other marine organisms to break the earth’s natural barriers...

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City looks to base tsunami warnings on animal behavior
The Japan Times - June 03, 2012
  • The city of Susaki may introduce a unique tsunami warning system to inform residents of abnormal behavior by animals that could suggest a major earthquake...

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Japan city watches 'premonitory' signs for tsunami
ahramonline - June 03, 2012
  • ...looking out for abnormal behaviour in animals and monitoring water levels in wells for signs of an imminent disaster.

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Fukushima quake/tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere – NASA
stabroeknews.com - June 02, 2012
  • ...Japan, last year wreaked havoc in the skies above as well, disturbing electrons in the upper atmosphere, NASA reported.

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Tsunami debris clean-up operation begins on Alaskan island
dailymail.co.uk - May 23, 2012
  • An 'unprecedented' clean-up operation has been launched in Alaska after it became swamped by debris from last year's devastating Japanese tsunami.

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Alaskan ecologists see surge in Japan tsunami debris
phys.org - May 23, 2012
  • Floating material including buoys and Styrofoam has washed up on Montague Island in volumes that clearly suggest a wave of debris from the March 11, 2011 tsunami.

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Stress shrank brain area of Japan tsunami survivors: study
medicalxpress.com - May 22, 2012
  • Emotional stress caused by last year's tsunami caused a part of some survivors' brains to shrink, according to scientists in Japan who grasped a unique chance...

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Quarter of Pacific NW tsunami buoys out of service
KPLU.org - May 19, 2012
  • One quarter (12 of 39) of U.S.-operated tsunami warning buoys in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are out of service...But the warning system has redundancy built in.

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Spy satellites used in search for tsunami debris
KPLU.org - May 18, 2012
  • ...debris field dispersed so much that it could no longer be tracked by conventional satellites. In recent weeks requests to the Defense Department have yielded spy satellite...

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Ships could provide earlier tsunami warnings
msnbc.com - May 09, 2012
  • Researchers hope to make use of GPS technology on vast commercial fleet traveling seas.

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Chile Earthquake And Tsunami Dramatically Altered Ecosystems
Huffington Post - May 09, 2012
  • The earthquake and tsunami that rocked Chile in 2010 unleashed substantial changes on ecosystems there, yielding insights on how these natural disasters can affect life...

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A Better Tsunami Warning System?
Mother Jones - May 08, 2012
  • A new paper in Geophysical Research Letters outlines a better and cheaper way to detect and track tsunamis based on equipping ships with real-time-streamed GPS.

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Reborn beaches are tsunami’s silver lining
www.futurity.org - May 03, 2012
  • The earthquake & tsunami that hit south central Chile in 2010 triggered a reappearance of long-forgotten habitats & a resurgence of species unseen for years.

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Japanese deep-sea drilling probe breaks world depth record off Japan’s tsunami-hit coast
The Washington Post - April 28, 2012
  • The Chikyu, operated by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, was digging the seabed off Japan’s northern coast to take fault samples...

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Beach clean-up on Washington coast may turn up tsunami debris
NWCN.com - April 21, 2012
  • NOAA's debris program did confirm a second piece of debris found on a remote island in the Gulf of Alaska is from the tsunami.  It's a soccer ball...

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Recent Indonesia quake added pressure to key fault
foxnews.com - April 19, 2012
  • Seismologists say last week's powerful earthquake off western Indonesia increased pressure on the source of the devastating 2004 tsunami:...

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SRI LANKA: Tsunami preparedness pays off
irinnews.org - April 19, 2012
  • Strong community awareness and preparedness are being cited for last week's successful evacuation of more than one million Sri Lankans after a tsunami alert...

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Latest Tokyo Earthquake Projection: 9,700 Could Die
Japan REAL TIME - April 19, 2012
  • Tokyo metropolitan government has revised its own disaster scenarios for the first time in 6 years.; result: As many as 9,700 people could die if a big earthquake...

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Japanese tsunami debris to hit West Coast this year; sooner
MINNPOST - April 18, 2012
  • The earliest debris from Japanese tsunami has already made landfall in the W-US, and the larger debris field is now expected to come ashore this year, accord. NOAA.

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Tsunami Bulletin PTWC
http://ptwc.weather.gov - April 11, 2012
  • TSUNAMI BULLETIN 
    PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
    11 APR 2012
    
    THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.
    
    ... AN INDIAN-OCEAN-WIDE TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...
    
    A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR
    
     INDONESIA / INDIA / SRI LANKA / AUSTRALIA / MYANMAR / THAILAND /
     MALDIVES / UNITED KINGDOM / MALAYSIA / MAURITIUS / REUNION /
     SEYCHELLES / PAKISTAN / SOMALIA / OMAN / MADAGASCAR / IRAN /
     UAE / YEMEN / COMORES / BANGLADESH / TANZANIA / MOZAMBIQUE /
     KENYA / CROZET ISLANDS / KERGUELEN ISLANDS / SOUTH AFRICA /
     SINGAPORE
    

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Strong quake & Tsunami warning in Indic Ocean on April, 11.
twitter.com - April 11, 2012
  • Follow Earthquake & Tsunami Warning (@EQTW) Tweets on Twitter for April, 11. strong quakes.

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Tsunami alerts in Indian Ocean
CNN.com - April 11, 2012
  • in-time UPDATES: ...the 2. quake, Mag8.2, occurred off the west coast of Sumatra about 2 hours later, the USGS said. A specialist of Seismology Research Center in Melbourne said the location of the 2. quake reduces the possibility of a tsunami...

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35 prefectures, cities in Japan positive about taking debris from 2011 earthquake, tsunami
www.stripes.com - April 08, 2012
  • Removing the millions of tons of debris dumped by the March 11 earthquake/tsunami disaster is considered critical to helping reconstruction of these hard-hit areas.

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Are Fish Affected by Radioactive Kelp Off Our Coast?
belmontshore.patch.com - April 07, 2012
  • Fish along S.California's coast may have been affected by Fukushima's radioactivity that fell on Ca. as small levels of radioactive isotopes accumulated in local seaweed.

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34-meter tsunami may hit Japan after megaquake – report
RT - April 01, 2012
  • Back in 2003, the panel was sure that Japan would never see a tsunami more than 20 meters high. The new report assumes that the earthquake will have a Mag 9.0  occuring on the Nankai Trough.

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Plan now for tsunami debris
Juneau Empire - April 01, 2012
  • Large objects like ships are primarily wind-driven, while smaller debris tends to be driven by much slower currents. NOAA is asking beachcombers to report unusual finds to marinedebris@noaa.gov.

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Japan experts warn of future risk of giant tsunami
USATODAY.com - April 01, 2012
  • The report came in the form of mapping that shows that much of the Tokyo region would likely experience severe shaking from a Mag7.3 earthquake inside Tokyo Bay.

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REGIONAL: Tsunami warning system test set for March 28
lakeconews.com - March 20, 2012
  • In Mendocino County, the costs of the March 2011 tsunami were in the millions of $, most of which was associated with the marina in the Nolo Harbor District...

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Tsunami Debris Not Dangerously Radioactive, Scientists Say
KMXT 100.1 FM - March 19, 2012
  • ...says she and other researchers feel confident that while debris found on shore might set off your Geiger counter, the level of radiation will be negligible.

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Budget cuts threaten tsunami early detection system
89.3 KPCC - March 19, 2012
  • Scientists were able to track the wave and determine when it would strike thanks in large part to an early warning system operated by NOAA. But this early...

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Small tsunami hits Japan after strong quake
ChannelNewsAsia - March 14, 2012
  • AFP/ir  A 6.9-magnitude quake struck 26.6 kilometres (16 miles) below the seabed off the northern island of Hokkaido. It was followed by a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) tsunami...

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A rare look at the Fukushima Daiichi no-go zone
CBS News - March 12, 2012
  • CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker traveled to the so-called no go zone for a rare look inside. The area is off-limits without a government pass, which is not usually handed out to journalists.

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Opinion - After earthquake, lessons for Japan and the world
Fox News - March 12, 2012
  • The question of how to make up electricity supply lost due to nuclear plant shut downs all across the country has yet to be fully addressed, and Japan seems headed towards a de facto nuclear free future.

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Japan Remembers 3/11 Disaster, Faces Time-Consuming Recovery
Bloomberg - March 11, 2012
  • The population of Fukushima prefecture may already have fallen to 1.92 million from 2.02 million before March 11, and could halve in the next 30 years.

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Japan Tsunami: Before and after photos
USATODAY.com - March 10, 2012
  • [disaster impressions] : => Japan Tsunami: Before and after photos (36 pic. total]

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The next wave in tsunami science
cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com - March 09, 2012
  • Last year's earthquake and tsunami was a catastrophe for Japan — but a problem averted for Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, partly due to luck and partly due to the success of long-range tsunami tracking. Now researchers...

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Tsunami 35 metres high the worst case scenario
stuff.co.nz - March 09, 2012
  • The worst case tsunami scenario for New Zealand would be 35-metre-high wave hitting the North Island's east coast, according to experts. The experts said such events were very ''infrequent'' but parts of the North Island...

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Japan foresaw possible Fukushima meltdown from day one: documents
REUTERS - March 09, 2012
  • Japan's government foresaw the possibility of a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant hours after a huge tsunami smashed into it, according to cabinet minutes released on Friday,...

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Japan barely improves nuclear regulatory system
Associated Press - March 09, 2012
  • There is little to suggest that the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl has brought substantially new thinking to nuclear regulation in Japan or stronger urgency to improving safety at its 54 reactors.

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Recalling Japan’s Tsunami, One Year Later - CAS prof’s memoir aids relief effort
BU TODAY - March 09, 2012
  • “The wall of water was thirty feet high.” So begins Michael Mendillo’s new memoir, An Earthquake, a Tsunami and a Meaningful Life. The book is both remembrance and repayment:...

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Tsunami forecasting: The next wave
nature.com - March 07, 2012
  • [Nature 483, 144–146 , doi: 10.1038/483144a] : What can scientists learn from the Tohoku tragedy to improve tsunami forecasting and save lives? -- Japan intends to meet that challenge with its new sensor network,...

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It's not just Fukushima: mass disaster evacuations challenge planners
nature.com - March 05, 2012
  • [Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2012.10165] : The Fukushima evacuation zone raises the issue of what would happen during an evacuation in heavily populated US metropolises during a nuclear meltdown...

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Tsunami videos made Japan's disaster a global event
CNN.com - March 02, 2012
  • In Japan every person in the country has at least one mobile phone and when the tsunami tore across northern Japan, thousands pulled out a device from their pockets and started filming, making last year's disaster...

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Fukushima: a year on
globalpost - March 01, 2012
  • Almost all of the 23 million tons of rubble has been removed, although rebuilding has yet to start...Instead, the real work is being done, unseen, deep inside the crippled reactors,...

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New Animation Reveals Japan Tsunami Debris Path
LifeScience - February 23, 2012
  • The new animation shows its probable path, which is helpful to shipping traffic since some of the debris is dangerously large. Debris-tracking missions have already found two fishing vessels...

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A year on, only five percent of tsunami rubble cleaned up
Majirox News - February 23, 2012
  • Only five percent of the rubble from the three prefectures hit by the tsunami last March has been cleaned up. This portion amounts to 1.176 million tons — a vast amount by normal standards, but a drop in the ocean...

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Japan to develop 'Tsunami-proof lifeboat'
CHINADAILY.com.cn - February 23, 2012
  • Local authorities in western Japan will start a new project to develop a lifeboat which is able to float on rising tsunami waves as one of the evacuation measures, local press reported...

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For disaster debris arriving from Japan, radiation least of the concerns
oregonstate.edu - February 22, 2012
  • ...and later this year debris from that event should begin to wash up on U.S. shores – and one question many have asked is whether that will pose a radiation risk. -- The simple answer is, no...

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U.S. nuclear plants similar to Fukushima spark concerns
www.power-eng.com - February 20, 2012
  • As the United States prepares to build its first new nuclear power reactors in three decades, concerns about an early generation of plants have resurfaced since last year's disaster in Japan.

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PHIVOLCS to beef up tsunami monitoring in PH
PIA -Philippine Information Agency - February 18, 2012
  • The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Director  announced that the agency is going to put up more sensors in strategic places...

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Tsunami siren test planned
www.stuff.co.nz - February 16, 2012
  • Concerned residents on the Miramar Peninsula intend testing a 137-decibel tsunami warning siren this month..."Based on international studies the overwhelming advice is that sirens do not produce...

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25 million tons of tsunami debris floating toward US shores
FoxNews.com - February 15, 2012
  • Independent models constructed by the NOAA and the University of Hawaii show a vast, loose debris field drifting inexorably toward Hawaii, California and Washington -- the first fishing buoys reached...

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Islands on land could make towns tsunami-proof
NewScientist - February 15, 2012
  • Elevated land-based islands could protect people living in low-lying areas from tsunamis – and archipelagos of them could form entire towns...

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4 days before tsunami, Japan nuclear plant operator promised to reassess risks
Washington Post - February 15, 2012
  • Four days before a tsunami devastated a Japanese nuclear plant, its operator promised a fuller assessment of the risk of such a disaster — but not for seven months...The paper summarized studies...

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'Tsunami Hills' Proposed In Dagupan
The Manila Bulletin Newspaper - February 15, 2012
  • DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines — The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has proposed the construction of “tsunami hills” in Barangay Pugaro...

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Tsunami Debris Headed for California
KSEE News - February 14, 2012
  • In three years, the plume will reach the US West Coast, dumping debris on Californian beaches and the beaches of British Columbia, Alaska, and Baja California.

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Eight in Chile indicted in tsunami case
UPI.com - February 14, 2012
  • Members of former Chilean President Michelle Bachalet's Cabinet have been indicted for alleged shortcomings in responding to the 2010 tsunami,...

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Debris from Japanese tsunami headed for Calif. coast
abc7news.com - February 11, 2012
  • Huge amounts of debris are bound for the California coastline. All of it, 25 million tons, is coming from Japan - It is a potential ecological and environmental disaster and poses obstacles for ships...

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Chile to prosecute workers over lack of tsunami warning
Times LIVE - February 11, 2012
  • Chile's attorney general announced that eight emergency warning workers would be prosecuted for failing to notify the public about a deadly tsunami in February 2010.

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Warning of tsunami risk in Phuket, Andaman region
Phuket NEWS - February 11, 2012
  • "Earthquakes have occurred in many countries lately, and there is always a possibility one could hit Thailand as well. Our warning center has detected some movement from plates in the Indian Ocean...

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Berlin Film Festival: 3 documentaries on Japan nuclear disaster
latimes.com - February 10, 2012
  • Three documentaries appearing at the Berlinale provide sort of post-nuclear ghost stories -- landscapes and people haunted by the aftermath of the nuclear accident and residual radiation.

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Messages show conflict within NRC after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami
The Washington Post - February 07, 2012
  • Now, as the first anniversary of the Fukushima catastrophe approaches, the initial response by regulators still holds lessons for the nuclear industry and policymakers.

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Panic-Stricken Cebuanos (Phillip.) Endure Quake Aftershocks
Manila Bulletin - February 07, 2012
  • Cebu, Philippines — Cebuanos continued to be gripped by fear Tuesday, a day after the tsunami scare that sent thousands of students, office workers, vendors, and even businessmen running for their lives when rumors...

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The Thinker: Tsunami Warning
JakartaGlobe - February 01, 2012
  • Although the Metrology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Aceh on Jan. 10, no siren sounded in Banda Aceh...

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Agency to revamp tsunami warnings
Daily Yomiuri Online - February 01, 2012
  • Drawing on lessons from incorrect tsunami warnings issued after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Meteorological Agency has decided to change tsunami warnings from announcing estimated tsunami heights...

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Japan tsunami debris continues drift across Pacific
Australia Network News - February 01, 2012
  • Scientists at the University of Hawaii are still tracking the estimated 25 million tonnes of debris generated by the Japanese tsunami last March as it floats across the Pacific.

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Scientists find signs of ancient tsunamis
TuoiTreNews - February 01, 2012
  • Scientists from the Hanoi-based Institute of Geophysics said on Jan. 31 they have found signs that at least three tsunamis have struck the coastal province of Nghe An in ancient times.

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Tsunami Shelter Developer receives seed investment...
PRNewswire - January 31, 2012
  • Brahman is developing an innovative tsunami and flood shelter system that promises to revolutionize how governments and industries address these natural threats.

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Buoys Deployed to Track Tsunami Debris
Honolulu Vivil Beat - January 30, 2012
  • With debris from the Japanese tsunami expected to begin washing up on Hawaii shores in the next two years, scientists have placed buoys northwest of Midway in hopes of monitoring its arrival. 

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[Japan] Environment minister urges towns to aid disposal effort
The Japan Times - January 29, 2012
  • Environment Minister Goshi Hosono said Saturday that the government must do more to persuade cities and prefectures to store tsunami debris so disaster-hit areas can rebuild.

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Quakes reminder of tsunami possibility
The Southland Times - January 27, 2012
  • Two earthquakes near the Puysegur Trench southwest of Fiordland have raised the spectre of a tsunami once again...In November, a report from GNS Science predicted a worst-case scenario...

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New Map Charts Tsunami Dangers In Coos Bay
OPB News - January 26, 2012
  • Oregon's geology agency has published the first of more than 80 maps meant to chart tsunami dangers on Oregon's coast...It shows that a tsunami generated by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake...

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Tsunami debris survey launched northwest of Midway
Science Codex - January 26, 2012
  • ...the debris is hazardous to navigation, marine life, and when washed ashore, to coastlines. To track where this debris is headed, a team of scientists and conservationists from the University of Hawaii created...

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Rising construction costs hinder rebuilding of quake, tsunami-hit areas
The Mainichi Daily News - January 22, 2012
  • Rising construction costs are becoming an obstacle to the smooth rebuilding of many quake and tsunami-affected regions, sources close to the industry say.

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Tsunami Science
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - January 21, 2012
  • and giant [tsunami] ones have arguably changed history. Some archaeologists have argued that a Mediterranean tsunami struck the north shore of Crete a bit over 3,500 years ago; the disaster sent Minoan civilization into a tailspin...

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From One Tragedy, Tools to Fight the Next
THE NEW YORK TIMES - January 21, 2012
  • Mr. Tanaka designed his pod as a “temporary refuge,” he said, so that in a tsunami, people can get inside and be carried along by the water for one or two hours, until help arrives.

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How Fukushima Has Changed Nuclear Power in Japan
Earth and Industry - January 21, 2012
  • Before the disaster unfolded, nuclear power provided about a third of Japan’s electricity demand. One year later, only 10 percent of the country’s nuclear fleet is in operation...

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New exhibition marks first anniversary of Japanese tsunami
creativeboom.co.uk - January 20, 2012
  • Birmingham's Ikon Gallery presents Postcards From Japan - In the aftermath of the disaster, electronic means of communication largely failed, making the use of landlines, mobile phones and internet extremely difficult.

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Disasters cost $366bn in 2011
DAWN.COM - January 19, 2012
  • Natural disasters such as the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan caused a record $366 billion damage in 2011. A total of 29,782 people were killed in 302 disasters last year, the body said.

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Alaska: senator calls for Japan tsunami debris roundtable
Juneau Empire - January 19, 2012
  • The Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation will present its new program to monitor Japan’s tsunami debris that end up on Alaska’s shores...The Ocean Surface Current Simulator model of tsunami debris simulation predicts...

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Puerto Rico Installing Tsunami Sirens in Capital
claimsjournal.com - January 18, 2012
  • Puerto Rico is setting up a tsunami alert system in densely populated San Juan. The island’s official seismic tracking center says one of the most powerful earthquakes in Puerto Rico history triggered the 1918 tsunami...

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Japan tries robotic farms in tsunami zone
WORLD BLOG - January 16, 2012
  • The clean-up and rejuvenation job is  too big  for humans, especially the aging populace to tend to live and work in agricultural areas, many of whom lost everything in the disaster. But now, the Japanese government is planning to...

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Japan holds anti-nuclear meeting on energy, radiation
Monsters and Critics - January 14, 2012
  • More than 10,000 people took part Saturday in an anti-nuclear conference in Japan to discuss energy, radioactive contamination and anti-nuclear movements in Asia in the wake of the world's worst atomic accident in 25 years.

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Race is on to save literary treasures buried in mud by March tsunami
The Mainichi Daily News - January 14, 2012
  • According to the Yamagata cultural heritage network head, in the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, neglect of valuable antique volumes caught in the disaster was a real problem. In response, networks to preserve such...

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Tsunami debris on way to U.S.
registerguard.com - January 13, 2012
  • Large amounts of debris from the Japanese tsunami of 2011 could hit the Oregon Coast sometime next year, according to scientists. Just how much flotsam will make it here and exactly when remains a mystery for now...

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HECO: Japan Tsunami Keeping Hawaii Electric Rates High
Honolulu Civil Beat - January 13, 2012
  • ...to explain to residents why their electricity bills have remained at record highs for months. In television commercials, Robbie Alm, HECO's executive vice president, says that the tsunami in Japan is the main cause.

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Getting Ready to React to Fukushima
The New York Times - January 12, 2012
  • Reacting to Japan’s Fukushima disaster, the nuclear industry is preparing to present regulators with a streamlined package of voluntary safety improvements that it says could be put into effect quickly...

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Phuket safe and sound after tsunami scare
PHUKET NEWS - January 11, 2012
  • [Quake report] ...7.3 magnitude, occurring 423 kilometers southwest of Banda Aceh, on Sumatra, and an estimated 950km west of Kuala Lumpur. The USGS released a report explaining that the earthquake had been caused by a strike-slip fault, meaning two tectonic plates moving sideways past each other.

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Japan tsunami death toll at 19,300
AFP - January 11, 2012
  • ...police figures show a total of 19,294 people are believed to have died. Across the disaster zone, 15,844 people have been confirmed dead since the March 11 disaster, the national police agency said.

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Japan to install tsunami monitoring system at sea
NHK World - January 10, 2012
  • [technological report]: The education and science ministry plans to install an underwater cable near the Nippon Trench in the Pacific Ocean, seismometers on the seabed, and tsunami detectors using hydraulic pressure sensors.

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A less than friendly wave
Juneau Empire - January 08, 2012
  • [historic tsunami report]: It's been 54 years since Lituya Bay and surrounding areas were swept away by a tsunami...The earthquake along the fault loosened about 40 million cubic yards of rock that fell 3280 feet into the bay. The splash caused 1300 feet of ice along the entire front of the Lituya Glacier to jump up...

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Japan’s Dream Project is a farm run by robots
geek.com - January 07, 2012
  • [technological project]: ...One of the most interesting new ideas is called the “Dream Project.” It’s a new farm being planned for a 600 acre site in Miyagi Prefecture that was flooded with sea water during the tsunami. This farm isn’t very typical though, as it will be run entirely by robots.

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Farming - Tsunami disaster site rehabilitated as robot farm
Grist - January 06, 2012
  • [technology report] : The Japanese government is reclaiming land flooded by the March 2011 tsunami and turning it into what Wired calls a "robot-run super farm." The Ministry of Agriculture has claimed a 600-acre site, part of thousands of acres of farmland destroyed by the tsunami ...

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Tsunami sirens may not help
Stuff.co.nz - January 03, 2012
  • [local opinion] : ...Wellington City Council's strongly held view is that permanent fixed sirens can provide a false sense of security. Residents could reasonably believe such sirens would reliably alert them when a tsunami is on the way.

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Tsunami disaster may jolt Japan out of economic doldrums
The Calgary Herald - January 03, 2012
  • [business] : ...To Japanese analysts, however, it's not so clear that there'll be much long-term demand for natural gas that Canada will be able to fill. In a world where those who snooze lose, Canada's energy industry has been downright dozy when it comes to tapping into Asian markets.

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The struggle continues
Oman Daily Observer - January 02, 2012
  • [local report] : The victims of the March 2011 Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster are living through their first winter since the catastrophe, with thousands still in temporary housing. They are also coping with deep psychological consequences.

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Quake hits Japan, no tsunami warming
YouTube - January 01, 2012
  • [video quake news]: A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 earthquake hit off the shores of Japan's southern Pacific island. The Meteorological Agency says the offshore quake on Sunday struck about 370 kilometers...

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7 yrs after tsunami, death visits again, more fearsome this time
expressindia - January 01, 2012
  • [local report] : ...He is scared now, after witnessing the fury of Cyclone Thane, the very severe tropical storm that devastated his coastal hamlet in Cuddalore district within a few hours on Friday.

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Survivor calls for residents to play safe
Bangkok Post - December 31, 2011
  • PHUKET : A tsunami survivor has called on coastal communities hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tragedy to make their own contingency plans to prepare for any repeat of the disaster.

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Like tsunami, floods + deadly debris
Inquirer News - December 31, 2011
  • Like a rampaging tsunami, but with more destructive debris that tore up everything in its path. This was how a University of the Philippines geologist described the flash floods that hit Iligan City at the height of Tropical Storm “Sendong” ...

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NOAA Investigates Origin of Recent Ocean Debris as People of Japan Wait
huffingtonpost.com - December 30, 2011

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Japan's tsunami refugees brace for harsh winter
AFP - December 29, 2011
  • ...Snow and driving winds will add to the misery of tsunami survivors in a region where the temperature frequently dips below freezing through December, January and February.

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Kailua recognized as "Storm Ready/Tsunami Ready Community"
KHON2 - December 29, 2011
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as recognized Kailua as a “Storm Ready/Tsunami Ready Community.”

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Disaster preparedness in post-tsunami Aceh
The Jakarta Post - December 28, 2011
  • ->Local report - The experience of huge waves dashing into Seulawet in Layeun village, Aceh, on Dec. 26, 2004, is still fresh in the mind...

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How damage from March's earthquake, tsunami taught Nissan invaluable lessons
strategicsourceror.com - December 28, 2011
  • The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March taught Nissan some valuable lessons about its electric vehicle model, the Leaf, The New York Times reports.

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Tracking Marine Debris from the Japanese Tsunami Aftermath
Planetsave - December 28, 2011
  • The debris that was once readily visible from satellite has now spread and dispersed so much that it is no longer visible from space. But it is still there, as many vessels have reported various sightings. What is the risk ?

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Tsunami alert system 'broken'
Bangkok Post - December 27, 2011
  • ...But alongside the remembrance events, a report by the German news agency dpa caused concern, when respected meteorologist Smith Dharmasaroja warned that the tsunami warning system was essentially broken,...

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Tsunami trash begins washing ashore as far north as Kodiak
AlaskaDispatch - December 27, 2011
  • At least seven black floats have already been found in Washington state over the past few months...scientists have been following a massive raft of waste on its slow journey toward North America. The material could ensnare marine life, pollute beaches and possibly include human remains...

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Tsunami debris nears B.C. coast
Winnipeg Free Press - December 26, 2011
  • The B.C. government says it will begin working with national and municipal officials this January to prepare for the massive wave of debris heading to Pacific Northwest shores...

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Tsunami changed everything in country's northeast
The Vancouver Sun - December 26, 2011
  • ...Cleanup crews have sorted most of the rubble by type to facilitate recycling. Only splintered wood is found in some piles, smashed concrete in others, or tires salvaged from the twisted remains of thousands of wrecked vehicles...

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Tsunami victims commemorate in Thailand
chinadaily.com.cn - December 26, 2011
  • ...Meanwhile, Phuket Island on Monday began a day of memorial ceremonies with Buddhist, Christian and Muslim prayers at a Wall of Remembrance. The rites were held at Mai Khao beach, on the northern part of the island.

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Acehnese Remember 2004 Tsunami With Religious Chanting, Invocation
BERNAMA.com - December 26, 2011
  •  Over 6,000 people gathered at the Lhok Nga Golf Course, Aceh Besar Regency, for "zikir" (religious chanting) and "doa" (invocation) in remembrance of the more than 160,000 residents who perished in the 2004 tsunami.

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Tsunami Tourism in Indonesia
theworld.org - December 26, 2011
  • Perhaps one of the most iconic images of the tsunami’s wrath was a 30-foot fishing boat thrown a couple of miles inland and perched on top the ruins of a house. Fifty-nine people clung to the boat until the surge passed; all of them survived.

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The earthquake year
The Japan Times - December 25, 2011
  • The year of the earthquake and tsunami is how 2011 will be remembered in Japan. No bounen-kai (forget-the-year party) has passed without thoughts of those who lost so much in the triple earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster...

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Sri Lanka - Tsunami Demons Haunt the Coast
IPS - December 24, 2011
  • ...Despite the millions spent on setting up early warning towers and networks, a recent assessment by the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that the meteorology department, in fact, lacked the technical capacity to predict rainfall and fast moving weather patterns.

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Japanese families face post-tsunami struggle
youtube.com - December 23, 2011
  • ->VIDEO: Many survivors of Japan's devastating tsunami are finding it difficult to cope in the aftermath of the country's worst natural disaster in nearly 100 years.

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UN official likens destruction in Philippine flash floods to tsunami
The Washington Post - December 22, 2011
  • A southern Philippine area devastated by flash floods that killed more than 1,000 people looks like it was hit by a tsunami, a U.N. official said Thursday as he appealed for $28 million in aid for the region.

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Global risk of big earthquakes has not recently increased
PNAS - December 20, 2011
  • Contributed by Peter M. Shearer, November 12, 2011 - The global rate of M≥8 earthquakes has been at a record high roughly since 2004, but rates have been almost as high before, and the rate of smaller earthquakes is close to its historical average.

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Sendong flood like a 'reverse tsunami
ABS-CBN News - December 20, 2011
  • MANILA, Philippines - Flash floods brought by tropical storm Sendong created a "reverse tsunami" that swept away entire communities in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro before washing out to sea,...

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Expert panel to lead Phuket tsunami memorial activities
PHUKET NEWS - December 20, 2011
  • A panel of experts led by Dr Smith Dharmasaroj, former head of the National Disaster Warning Center, will stage a public discussion on disaster management as part of the tsunami memorial services on December 26 this year.

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Giant Tsunami-Shape Clouds Roll Across Alabama Sky
LiveScience - December 19, 2011
  • A SERIOUS article ???...Experts say the clouds were pristine examples of "Kelvin-Helmholtz waves." Whether seen in the sky or in the ocean, this type of turbulence always forms when...

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Microfinancing wave lifts tsunami-hit Japan firms
The Straits Times - December 18, 2011
  • The world's third largest economy might not seem the obvious place to find the need for microfinancing, but for businesses in tsunami-ravaged north-east Japan, it could be the key to revival.

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First debris from Japan’s tsunami hits US West Coast
Telegraph - December 16, 2011
  • ...More than nine months after the disaster, oceonographers have located what is believed to be the first debris washed up onto the shores of the West Coast of the US.

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Japan declares tsunami-crippled nuke plant stable
Bloomberg.com - December 16, 2011
  • Japan's prime minister has announced that the tsunami-devastated Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has reached a "cold shutdown" and is no longer leaking substantial amounts of radiation.

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Disasters like Fukushima make 2011 most costly on record for world economy
globalpost.com - December 15, 2011
  • Catastrophes like the Japan and New Zealand earthquakes, the Thai floods and Hurricane Irene cost the world economy a record $350 billion in 2011, according to the reinsurer Swiss Re.

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Can computers predict the next tsunami?
FUTURITY - December 15, 2011
  • ...The physics-driven computer models suggest that the large seafloor uplift and resulting tsunami were caused when seismic waves from the initial earthquake bounced back down from the seafloor above and caused the plates to slip more than had previously been expected.

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Japan Tsunami-Debris Cruise Attracts Travelers to Ocean Garbage Patch
National Geographic - December 15, 2011
  • ...Since then, scientists have been tracking and monitoring the wreckage—...—floating at sea, corralled by ocean currents in the North Pacific into an area researchers estimate could be the size of California. And now they're inviting the public along for the ride, for a price.

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Tourists heading back to Japan post-tsunami
News.com.au - December 15, 2011
  • JAPAN'S tourism industry is bouncing back faster than expected following this year's earthquake and tsunami.

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Disasters like Fukushima make 2011 most costly on record for world economy
globalpost - December 15, 2011
  • Catastrophes like the Japan and New Zealand earthquakes, the Thai floods and Hurricane Irene cost the world economy a record $350 billion in 2011, according to the reinsurer Swiss Re.

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Stanford scientists' computer models help predict tsunami risk
physorg.com - December 14, 2011
  • Stanford scientists are using complex computational models to solve the puzzle of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan earlier this year and predict where future tsunamis might occur.

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Most tsunami debris must be removed from the ocean by hand
kplu.org - December 13, 2011
  • How do you remove from the ocean more than 100,000 tons of Japanese tsunami debris heading for Northwest shores? By hand, says one expert.

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Take a tour of tsunami-affected Japan with Google Street View
ZDNet - December 13, 2011
  • ...In addition to the 360-degree,..., Google has set up a special site called “Build the Memory” that lets users easily see before-and-after images of towns affected by the devastation.

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‘Mini tsunami’ forces Terengganu villagers to flee to safety
thestar online - December 13, 2011
  • A total of 196 victims were forced to evacuate in Kampung Pengkalan Atap here after it was hit with a mini “tsunami”. The waves caused the homes to be inundated by knee-deep waters as villagers ran for their lives.

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Researchers measure tsunami's behavior
MontereyHerald.com - December 12, 2011
  • Waves grew in Monterey Bay due to bathtub effect - After a nearly 5,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean, the waves from the March 2011 tsunami had shed most of their energy when they approached the Central Coast, but they grew three times in size as they rocked back and forth inside the bay.

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Japan's earthquake-hit nuclear plant scraps plan to dump water in sea
Business Standard - December 12, 2011
  • ...Tepco estimates that the amount of treated water requiring storage is increasing by 200 to 500 tons every day. It says the plant is likely to reach its storage capacity of about 155,000 tons around March.

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The Tsunami that Hit Japan Earlier this Year Could Have Doubled in Size
thesop.org - December 11, 2011
  • ...tsunamis ... can now merge together to form one large tsunami. Data from NASA and European radar satellites captured at least two wave fronts that day the tsunami hit Japan. The fronts merged to form a single, double-high wave far out at sea.

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Japan using tsunami funds for whaling hunt
usatoday.com - December 09, 2011
  • Japan is spending 2.3 billion yen ($29 million) from its supplementary budget for tsunami reconstruction to fund the country's annual whaling hunt in the Antarctic Ocean, a fisheries official confirmed Thursday.

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Huge double wave behind Japanese tsunami
abc.net.au - December 08, 2011
  • NASA scientists say the devastating tsunami which struck Japan earlier this year was caused by a double wave front which merged and gathered force as it crossed the ocean. The discovery was made by analysing images from three satellites,...

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Huge tsunami made Japanese blasé about smaller waves
www.newscientist.com - December 07, 2011
  • One year before the disaster, two researchers in Japan had asked a representative sample of adults in the country about their perceptions of tsunami risk. A month after the wave hit, the same investigators –...– repeated the survey, ...The results were perplexing.

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Boffins: Japan was hit by 'double-wave' tsunami - Two became one
theregister.co.uk - December 06, 2011
  • Boffins from NASA and Ohio State University have discovered that the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 was a so-called ‘merging tsunami’.The idea of a merging tsunami, where two or more wave fronts join to form a single wave...

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Bulgaria, Romania to Watch Out for Black Sea Tsunamis
Novinite.com - December 05, 2011
  • Bulgarian and Romanian scientists will take part in establishing an early alert system for geological hazards on the two countries' Black Sea coast. The project is financed by EU's cross-border cooperation program...

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Japan tsunami sparks multinationals to examine supply chain links in China
Canadian Underwriter.ca - December 05, 2011
  • If China experienced a catastrophic event similar in magnitude to the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, the impact on global supply chains would be far worse,...

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Fukushima was not prepared for 15 m tsunami - Tepco report
reuters.com - December 02, 2011
  • ...Some Tepco shareholders sued the utility in November, accusing it for failing to heighten the plant's sea walls although in 2008 it simulated a tsunami exceeding 15 metres hitting the plant,...

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Meteorological Agency to announce more detailed information on tsunami
The Mainichi Daily News - December 02, 2011
  • ...The agency unveiled the plan, aimed at helping residents of affected areas to flee to safer areas, during a meeting of experts on tsunami warnings held on Dec. 1. It intends to put the plan into practice sometime in 2012.

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Massive Sea-floor Shove Triggered Japan's Tsunami
OurAmazingPlanet - December 01, 2011
  • ...But exactly how much the earth moved in the quake has been unclear — until now. A new look at the sea floor before and after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake reveals massive shifts in the ocean crust. Energy from the uplifted sea floor — ...

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Japan Quake Lifted Seabed
National Geographic - December 01, 2011
  • Japan's devastating March 11 earthquake shifted the seabed by as much as 165 feet (50 meters)—the largest slip yet recorded, a new study says.

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Facebook's most popular 'shared' news stories for 2011 revealed
The Telegraph - November 30, 2011
  • ...The most popular link for readers was an astonishing series of satellite photographs, published by The New York Times in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March.

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Simulation shows deeper meltdown at tsunami-hit Japan nuclear reactor than previously thought
The Washington Post - November 30, 2011
  • Radioactive debris from melted fuel rods may have seeped deeper into the floor of a Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear reactor than previously thought, to within a foot from breaching the crucial steel barrier, a new simulation...

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Tsunami Survivors: We Didn't Understand the Threat
ouramazingplanet.com - November 29, 2011
  • ...To understand why the waves killed so many people despite the precautions, researchers interviewed 112 survivors at public evacuation shelters in six cities in Japan in April and June. The aim was to see why many did not immediately evacuate areas endangered by the tsunami.

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Spain, High Tsunami Risk
SpanishNews.es - November 28, 2011
  • Experts consider Spain to be at high risk of tsunamis. There is however, no emergency protocol or tsunami warning system in place. An international meeting of 80 representatives from over 40 countries held last week in Santander revealed that if an earthquake like the one that struck Cadiz in 1755...

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The Big One': potential local impacts of a earthquake or tsunami in the San Juans
islandssounder.com - November 28, 2011
  • ...for a long time quake experts believed that the closest fault, the Cascadia subduction zone, was safely aseismic. That was until they found mysteriously sunken Northwest forests that appeared to have been killed by salt intrusion - in the year 1700...

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Tsunami Detection Buoy Installed 350 Kilometers South of Bali
balidiscovery.com - November 27, 2011
  • Following a breakdown in 2007 linked to equipment failure, The Agency For The Assessment And Application Of Technology (BPPT) in cooperation with the government of Australia, has re-launched a tsunami detector in the seas south of Bali.

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Looking at the effects of an earthquake in the Puget Sound region
maplevalleyreporter.com - November 26, 2011
  • ...So to determine how a quake's power differs across the Puget Sound region, scientists are setting up sensitive monitoring equipment in someplace solid, such as a house basement, to track that power as part of the NetQuakes project.

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Tsunami Escape Pod – New Technology Could Save You From The Next Giant Wave
gCaptain - November 26, 2011
  • ...While the company doesn’t tell us what materials are used to build Noah, we do know that it measures 4 feet in diameter, can house up to four  adults and looks to be well built. Furthermore, it’s designed with dogging watertight door, air vents, and integrated water ballast to keep it floating upright.

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Accurate early warnings help reduce disaster risks
The Jarkata Post - November 26, 2011
  • Establishing a stronger early warning system is critical due to expected increases in countries’ vulnerabilities to natural hazards in the future, a senior geophysics official says.

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Raw Video: Japan 8 Months After the Tsunami
YouTube - November 18, 2011
  • Aerial views of tsunami-battered Japanese seaside communities showed an eerie flattened moonscape on Friday, eight months after Japan's March 11 disaster.

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How Do You Protect Against a Tsunami?
PBS Newshour - November 17, 2011
  • ->video_link: Researchers in Japan are working to find ways to limit the most-catastrophic damage from tsunamis. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.

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Impact of earthquake and tsunamis: two key decisions
International Law Office - November 15, 2011
  • A devastating earthquake and a number of resultant tsunamis recently affected several regions of Chile, causing damages that exposed the insurance industry and reinsurers to more than $7 billion in claims. One of the most affected areas was the Concepcion region;

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Taiwan deploys undersea quake warning system
Times LIVE - November 14, 2011
  • The 420-million Taiwanese dollar (about 109.83 million rand)  system, built by Japan-based NEC Corp, consists of equipment ranging from ocean-bottom seismographs to tsunami pressure gauges and even underwater microphones.

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Tsunami debris needs to be treated with respect
The Globe and Mail - November 14, 2011
  • ...The debris field is as expansive as the state of California. Scientists made their original prediction based on estimations of wind pull and ocean motion caused by the swift Kuroshio Current off Japan.

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Japan's Economy Rises out of Earthquake Slump
ABC News - November 14, 2011
  • Japan's economy grew for the first time in four quarters in a comeback from the earthquake and tsunami disaster that already faces multiple global headwinds. The world's No. 3 economy expanded at an annualized rate of 6 percent...

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Tsunami debris could reach B.C. any day now
ctv.ca/topstories - November 14, 2011
  • ...computer models have shown large debris from Japan – fishing vessels, houses – will be making landfall on Vancouver Island in November. Most of the debris has been predicted to make landfall in 2013, but the scientist says those predictions don't account for wind-pushed flotsam...

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China Holds Drill to Test Tsunami Defense System
CRIENGLISH.com - November 10, 2011
  • China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) on Thursday held a tsunami-warning drill for testing the country's tsunami defense system. The drill was an integral part of the pan-Pacific exercise -- code-named "Exercise Pacific Wave 11" --

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East Coast Tsunami Risk Investigated With Sonar
OurAmazingPlanet - November 09, 2011
  • ..., but new sonar maps are now helping to show that these risks do exist. For about the past five years, researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, along with other governmental and academic partners, have been gauging the potential for tsunamis generated by landslides in submarine canyons...

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Scientists: Tsunami Debris Headed Toward San Diego
10NEWS.com - November 08, 2011
  • ...Researchers say the debris will slowly make its way toward San Diego over three to four years by way of Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. The average drift rate is five to 10 miles per day.

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30-nation tsunami exercise a dry run for asteroid hitting earth?
GMA News - November 08, 2011
  • ...However, a scientist working with the United States of America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) earlier said: “There is no chance that this object will collide with the Earth or moon."

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With Profit Down 19%, Toyota Withdraws Its Forecast
NYTimes.com - November 08, 2011
  • Just as Toyota has seemed to find its footing after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a painful jump in the yen is weighing on quarterly profit and a shortage of parts from flooded suppliers in Thailand...

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Tsunami revisited: The Ocean that gives and takes
youtube.com - November 08, 2011
  • ->VIDEO - Alex Thomson revisits the tsunami-hit port of Kesannuma, and talks to a community rebuilding their lives and their livelihoods.

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6.9 earthquake hits Taiwan and Japan, no tsunami warnings issued
examiner.com - November 08, 2011
  • ...Researchers note one reason for the lack of any serious damage can be attributed to the earthquake’s significant depth, limiting the severity of its impact on the surrounding islands.

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Dalai Lama: A Role for Nuclear Power in Development Process
Japan Real Time - November 07, 2011
  • The Dalai Lama has been an active voice opposing nuclear weapons. But after a whirlwind trip touring the tsunami-devastated northeastern patch of Japan for the first time, the religious figure said he is not absolutely against the promotion of nuclear energy.

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Bio-shield project for protection of coastal installations in Gujarat
THE HINDU - November 07, 2011
  • In a bid to provide protection to vital installations along the Gujarat coastline, the State government has undertaken a project to study how coastal vegetation could help in mitigating impact of natural disasters like tsunami and cyclone.

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UN-backed tsunami warning drill set
Tempo - News in a Flash - November 07, 2011
  • Manila, Philippines – The Philippines and 29 other Pacific Rim countries are participating in a United Nations (UN)-backed tsunami warning exercise this week to improve their ability to respond to an alert and enhance regional coordination in the event of a disaster.

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Japan plants cherry trees as guard against future tsunami
The Telegraph - November 07, 2011
  • ...In previous centuries, survivors of a major tsunami placed stone markers at the high-water mark. Those markers have since been forgotten or covered with undergrowth,...By planting distinctive cherry trees, the volunteers hope that more lives can be saved next time...

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Scientists prepare bioshield against tsunami, nuclear reactors in Kalpakkam
The Hindu Business Line - November 06, 2011
  • A few kilometres inside the Kalpakkam nuclear facility in Tamil Nadu a unique experiment is under way. The results of the experiment will not only protect nuclear reactors during a tsunami but also produce fruit-bearing trees, such as sapota and gooseberry,...

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USAR Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunamis, Part 2
Fire Engineering - November 06, 2011
  • ...this is a look at the post-tsunami urban search and rescue (USAR) operations conducted by the U.S. teams and their international colleagues;...; and a review of the lessons that we can apply to prepare for our own tsunami disasters.

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Eight months later Fukushima-Dai Ichi sparks another nuclear crisis
UK Progressive - November 06, 2011
  • ...Radioactive particles associated with nuclear fission have been detected at Japan’s tsunami-damaged atomic power plant, officials said this Wednesday, suggesting one of its reactors could have a new problem.

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Anti-tsunami drills held in Iwate Pref.
DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE - November 06, 2011
  • Tsunami-related antidisaster drills were held in Iwate Prefecture on Saturday, the first such events based on a law enacted in the wake of the March 11 tsunami that severely damaged the prefecture.

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Counting disaster: Who's dying where?
BBC News - November 05, 2011
  • From the 2004 Asian tsunami to Hurricane Katrina in the US, the past decade has seen more recorded natural disasters than any since records began, according to researchers, who say improvements in recording systems do not...

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New fission fears at Japans fukushima nuclear site
Channel 4 News - November 04, 2011
  • On Wednesday, the plant operator of Japan's tsunami-ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant said it had found substances in a reactor which could be the result of nuclear fission. The discovery is a possible setback in attempts to bring the damaged plant to a "cold shutdown",...

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Hawaii preparing for tsunami debris
Herald Sun - November 03, 2011
  • THE 3200km-long debris field from the March tsunami in Japan is expected to reach beaches in Hawaii next winter and hit Washington state's coast starting in late 2013.

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Quake-hit Japan entices tourists back
BBC News - November 02, 2011
  • With tourism revenue in Japan falling by a third since the earthquake and tsunami, the government is looking at ways - including free flights - of attracting visitors back.

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Japan Revives a Sea Barrier That Failed to Hold
NYTimes.com - November 02, 2011
  • After three decades and nearly $1.6 billion, work on Kamaishi’s great tsunami breakwater was completed three years ago. A mile long, 207 feet deep and jutting nearly 20 feet above the water, the quake-resistant structure made it into the Guinness World Records...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Tsunami Aftermath, Kealakekua Cleanup
Hawaii News Now - November 01, 2011
  • ...Kealakekua Bay acted like a giant funnel.  See the cliffs on the far side of the bay. All that energy bounced off the cliffs and needed somewhere to go. So the energy and the waves just kept moving around Kealakekua Bay until they found the low lying land,...

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Capital scales heights to escape tsunamis
Voxy.co.nz - November 01, 2011
  • Wellington City Council is gearing up for the international tsunami exercise Pacific Wave on Thursday 10 November and wants local schools, childcare centres and businesses to take part too - heading for higher ground if they need to.

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Experts say it will take at least 30 years to close Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant
The Washington post - October 31, 2011
  • A Japanese government panel says it will take at least 30 years to safely close the tsunami-hobbled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, even though the facility is leaking far less radiation than before...

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First tsunami disaster drill held in Tokyo
DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE - October 30, 2011
  • The Tokyo metropolitan government conducted a comprehensive disaster drill Saturday, its first to envision a tsunami occurring in Tokyo Bay.

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Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Rattles Peru
Bloomberg - October 29, 2011
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the west coast of Peru, rattling residents in cities still recovering from a temblor that killed more than 500 people in 2007. No fatalities were immediately reported.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Tsunami Aftermath, Recovery & Renewal
Hawaii News Now - October 28, 2011
  • Kailua-Kona, Big Island (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the morning of March 11th, surveillance cameras roll at a clothing store in Kailua-Kona as the first wave crashes ashore.

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Analysis: Thailand’s slow-motion tsunami: Impact on Indonesia
The Jarkata Post - October 27, 2011
  • We find Thailand’s severe flooding labeled a “slow-motion tsunami” interesting, as its effects can be just as devastating with the latest death toll approaching 400 people. Thus far, the deluge, the worst in five decades,...

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Secret Tsunami Stowaways
Mother Jones - October 26, 2011
  • ...This is the first confirmed sighting since shortly after the disaster, when the massive floating remnants of coastal Japanese towns—more than 200,000 buildings—simply disappeared from view.

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Tsunami debris at Hawaii by 2013? Researchers seek more precision
cnn.com - October 26, 2011
  • Researchers in Hawaii who predicted that a wave of debris from Japan’s March 11 tsunami may hit Hawaiian shores by 2013 are preparing studies that may allow more precise forecasts.

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Miyako seawall height to be raised
Daily Yomiuri Online - October 25, 2011
  • ...The planned height is lower than the 16.3 meters recorded by the devastating tsunami that followed the magnitude-9.0 earthquake. Instead of relying merely on seawalls, the Miyako municipal government will take multiple approaches to safeguard residents against disaster,...

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Don't wait for tsunamis
Fiji Times Online - October 25, 2011
  • ...Recent earthquake activities in the Pacific can trigger tsunamis. So far Fiji has been lucky to escape devastation. The best thing is to be prepared and not wait for one to hit Fiji. All municipalities, coastal areas, resorts and outer islands must have tsunami evacuation plans and drills...

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Diplomacy - German president visits Japanese tsunami victims
dw-world.de - October 25, 2011
  • ...Despite this, almost half a million people still live in makeshift housing more than seven months after the tsunami. Among them are the people of Iwaki, some 50 kilometers away from the stricken Fukushima nuclear reactor,...

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Google launches Person Finder app following earthquake in Turkey
engadget.com - October 24, 2011
  • ... Google has launched a specialized Person Finder to help victims find missing loved ones. First developed in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Google's Person Finder has since been deployed to several other natural disaster zones, including post-tsunami Japan earlier this year.

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Up to 20 million tons of tsunami debris headed for U.S. shores
Los Angeles Times - October 24, 2011
  • ...researcher at the International Pacific Research Center in Hawaii, developed a model of how the tsunami debris is likely to move across the ocean. He based his model on the movements of thousands of buoys placed in the ocean over 30 years for purposes of studying the current.

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Powerful South Pacific Earthquake Generates Small Tsunami
Irish Weather Online - October 22, 2011
  • ...The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said sea level readings indicated a small tsunami was generated, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The largest tsunami wave, approximately 0.17 meter (0.6 feet) above normal sea levels...

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Massive earthquake Kermadec Islands
earthquake-report.com - October 21, 2011
  • event-compilation:: A massive M 7.6 earthquake struck in the open sea in the Kermadec Island region. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did issue a Tsunami alert for Tonga or New Zealand. It was later canceled without any real tsunami. To read the full story as it happened...

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Japan quake: Tsunami experts say West Coast got lucky
NWCN.com - October 21, 2011
  • The giant tsunami that hit Japan last March could have done more damage to the U.S. West Coast had it not been for a lucky break -- it hit at low tide.

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Lesson From Japan: Tsunami Warnings Via Mobile Phones
NPR.org - October 21, 2011
  • A tsunami expert from Japan shared this advice at a meeting of West Coast emergency planners and earthquake scientists Friday: make greater use of mobile phones to spread tsunami warnings.

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Copper prices fall 6 percent on demand worries
CBS News - October 20, 2011
  • ...Copper prices have been rising this month on the expectation that demand would increase from U.S. home builders and from reconstruction in Japan after that nation's tsunami disaster.

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Pakistan fully equipped to evaluate flooding, tsunami
thenews.com.pk - October 19, 2011
  • The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has claimed that the existing integrated early warning system is now better able to evaluate and communicate information well in time to all stakeholders in case of flooding or even tsunami threat in the Indian Ocean.

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UH Researcher Predicts Tsunami Debris Coming Sooner To Hawaii
kitv.com - October 19, 2011
  • ..."We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20 million tons of debris coming from Japan,” (...). An average of 10 million tons of debris, the same amount released into the north Pacific basin in one year, was dislodged and set adrift in one day.

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Japan: Liquid fuels use since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami
dairyherd.com - October 19, 2011
  • Earthquakes usually exact a limited toll on the global economy. The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 was different, however, as energy markets across the globe felt the impact. Japan is a large player in world energy markets, including petroleum.

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NOAA Predictions for Tsunami Debris Arrival at Oregon Coast: When, How Big
BeachConnection.net - October 17, 2011
  • This week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it predicts debris from the Japanese earthquake-driven tsunami this spring will start washing up on the Oregon coast some time in 2013.

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Japan Tsunami Debris Spotted, On Course to Hit US
ouramazingplanet - October 17, 2011
  • Debris from the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has turned up exactly where scientists predicted it would after months of floating across the Pacific Ocean. Finding and confirming where the debris ended up gives them a better idea of where it's headed next.

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Tepco: radiation from Fukushima plant declines further
Reuters - October 17, 2011
  • Oct 17 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant on Monday said the amount of radiation being emitted from the complex has halved from a month ago,...

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Science News - Discovery of tsunami debris matches model
UPI.com - October 14, 2011
  • Debris from the March 11 tsunami in Japan has been found floating in the Pacific Ocean just where computer models suggested it would end up, researchers say.

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Tsunami-warning machines in Indon ruined
skynews.com.au - October 14, 2011
  • Most of the 16 tsunami-warning machines set up off the coast of Indonesia after the tsunami of 2004 have been damaged beyond repair, German scientists say.

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B&L's Stevia Laboratory Demonstrates Successful Salt Removal in Brine Damaged Rice Paddies
MarketWatch - October 14, 2011
  • ...experienced dramatic improvement in soil conditions following the application of its agricultural products for salt removal from rice paddies which were brine damaged due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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Tsunami warning system for Cyprus
CyprusMail - October 13, 2011
  • AN EARLY warning system for tsunamis is just one of the developments and areas of interest that the University of Cyprus’ Oceanographic Centre will be involved in under a new agreement signed recently with the company CSnet International,...

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Many pay no heed to tsunami warning
news.asiaone.com - October 13, 2011
  • An exercise to test the Indian Ocean tsunami alert system that was carried out at five villages in the Kota Kuala Muda district yesterday fell short of expectations. Checks by the New Straits Times showed that there were mixed responses from the villagers, mostly fishermen,...

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Simulating tsunami, stimulating alert
The Hindu - October 13, 2011
  • ...“The police are trained to react to the tsunami warning and various patrols will be able to reach the spot within 10 minutes of the warning to commence the evacuation mission,”...

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Quake strikes near Bali
smh.com.au - October 13, 2011
  • A large undersea earthquake has struck south of Bali, sending residents and tourists running onto the streets. The earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3 occured at 11.16am, according to the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre.

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UNESCO: Indian Ocean tsunami exercise billed a success
PreventionWeb - October 13, 2011
  • Twenty three Indian Ocean rim countries* participated in an ocean-wide tsunami exercise on 12 October.(...)At the same time the new advisory service provided by the Regional Tsunami Service Providers (RTSPs) of Australia, India and Indonesia became operational.

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Tracking the Debris From Japan’s Tsunami
NYTimes.com - October 12, 2011
  • ...This mass has now dispersed over an area covering several hundreds of miles in the northern Pacific Ocean. Now scientists from California are inviting the public to join them on a research trip into the debris field next May and June.

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"Noah" may mean difference between life and death
Reuters - October 11, 2011
  • ...Noah" is about 1.2 meters -- or four feet -- in diameter, with one hatch, one glass window and two holes for drainage and ventilation. It's made out of fiber reinforced plastic,(...). It keeps water out and its occupants afloat, all the while protecting them from floating debris.

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Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Test
Hydro-International - October 10, 2011
  • More than twenty nations will participate on 12th October 2011 in a full-scale Exercise IOWAVE 11 to test a United Nations-backed early warning system which will re-enact the events of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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Massive Tsunami Alert Drill On Wednesday
The Sunday Leader - October 09, 2011
  • ...The exercise on 12 October, organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), aims to test the warning system’s operational capacity as well as the efficiency of communication systems and national emergency services.

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Coastal forests provide powerful defense against tsunami
Daily Yomiuri Online - October 07, 2011
  • he Forestry Agency plans to regenerate coastal forests hit by the March 11 tsunami, as research has shown the forests provided defense against the disaster by acting as "natural levees."

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Full-scale Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System test on 12 October
www.afriquejet.com - October 07, 2011
  •  Almost seven years after the devastating tsunami of 2004, more than 20 nations will participate on 12 October in a full-scale exercise to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Oraganisation (UNESCO) said on Thursday.

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New tsunami warning system will be tested soon
Tehelka - October 07, 2011
  • ...the Tsunami devastated countries from Sumatra to India, manmade waves will be stimulated in the Indian Ocean next week to re-enact the scenario of 26 December, 2004, to test the recently installed Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.

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Southland Tsunami risk highest from local earthquake
Voxy.co.nz - October 05, 2011
  • A large earthquake offshore in the Puysegur Trench could send a tsunami surging towards the Southland coast before official warnings could be issued. That's the finding from research that Emergency Management Southland commissioned from GNS Science,...

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Tsunami Survival Capsules Offer Hope for Japan's Next Great Wave
inventorspot.com - October 02, 2011
  • ...The capsules are made of enhanced fiberglass and are painted bright yellow for ease of identification by rescuers. Cosmo Power, a Japanese generator manufacturer, has dubbed the capsule “Noah” due to it being a miniature ark to be used in case of a severe flood.

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Mangroves have many uses, just not tsunami protection
Firstpost - October 02, 2011
  • ...A paper in the prestigious journal, Science, specified further: 30 trees per 100 square metres would reduce the destructive speed of the tsunami by 90%. Subsequently, other scientists reinterpreted the same data to draw completely different conclusions.

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Japan Tohoku earthquake and tsunami : CATDAT 41 report (October 2, 2011)
EarthQuake - Report - October 02, 2011
  • CATDAT #41 October 2, 2011 report is one of the most complete reports published so far on the Japan Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.

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Aftereffects of tsunami linger as gas prices surge
Mauinews.com - September 29, 2011
  • ...tsunami in Japan did not seem to have affected tourism for long, it seems that another aftereffect of the disaster is still beating on island shores. Gasoline prices are going up here, even as they trend down on the Mainland.

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Detailed map of Japanese tsunami created
UPI.com - September 27, 2011
  • Researchers in Japan say they've created a map of the tsunami generated by the deadly March 11 earthquake, surveying 5,300 spots along the country's coast.

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NZ scientists lead Pacific tsunami planning
TVNZ - September 26, 2011
  • Cutting edge science developed in New Zealand is being used to formulate tsunami evacuation plans for entire Pacific island nations. This comes almost two years after a deadly wall of water struck the east coast of Samoa,...

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Revised tsunami evacuation, communication plans up for vote
vcstar.com - September 25, 2011
  • ...Earthquakes and tsunamis in Chile and Japan in 2010 and this year caused minor damage in the Pierpont area of Ventura. The updated plan also would include details for locally generated tsunamis.

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Five-minute evacuation for tsunami eyed
The Japan Times - September 25, 2011
  • An expert panel under the Central Disaster Prevention Council decided Saturday to propose that the government make it a target when creating residential areas that people be able to evacuate to a safe place within five minutes...

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Phuket Airport conducts tsunami drill
Phuket Gazette - September 24, 2011
  • ...the drill was based on the theoretical approach of a tsunami wave generated by 9.0 magnitude earthquake centered 460 kilometers west of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, about 460 kilometers off Phuket. This was the same location where the catastrophic earthquake...

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Japan Tsunami Footage Makes The Rounds Half-Year Later (VIDEO)
huffingtonpost.com - September 23, 2011
  • Amazing footage from a delivery truck's dashboard shows the incredible force of the Japanese tsunami that hit the country in March. The video made the rounds on Twitter over the last couple days...

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Tsunami experts ask Indian media to set up Standard Operating Procedure
Daily News & Analysis - September 22, 2011
  • Tsunami experts drawn out from the Asia Pacific region asked the Indian media to set up a Standard Operating Procedure to take on future tsunami attacks.

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Radar could detect tsunamis more accurately
AlertNet - September 21, 2011
  • ...The warning time depended on how shallow the water was — the shallower the water, further away the method can detect a tsunami. So the method would work best in regions with wide and shallow continental shelves such as South-East Asia...

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New tsunami software will help protect vulnerable coastal communities
PHYSORG.com - September 19, 2011
  • A new piece of software has been developed to help protect vulnerable coastal communities from the destruction of a tsunami. The mathematical model has created significant interest in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan six months ago.

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New research may explain high runup from tsunami waves
PhysicsCentral - September 19, 2011
  • ...and the first wave isn’t always the biggest, three scientists are saying. Their new research shows that tsunami waves and coastline slopes might combine to create resonance that amplifies the water coming onshore.

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‘Tsunami readiness must for Oman’
Times of Oman - September 17, 2011
  • With the vast majority of its population and industry along its coasts, the importance of developing and maintaining a tsunami warning system in the Sultanate of Oman is a must.

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Scientists Search, Track Missing Tsunami Debris
www.kitv.com - September 16, 2011
  • ...Estimates of the debris floating in the ocean range between 10 and 20 million tons. Experts said the debris cloud now stretches 1,000 miles wide. "But, of course, you cannot expect it to be floating forever. Some of it will sink...

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Tsunami Puzzle Explained
Physical Review Focus - September 16, 2011
  • ...in Physical Review Letters explains why the secondary waves can wash farther onshore than the initial wave. These later waves can be amplified by a resonance effect if each wave arrives at the beach just after the previous wave has receded.

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India to be main centre for tsunami warning globally
India - DNA - September 16, 2011
  • ...The Regional Tsunami Warning Centre (RTWC) at Hyderabad, set up by scientists of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) will hereafter function as the main centre for tsunami warning for all countries in the Indian Ocean community.

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Big Japan Quakes Still a Risk
The Wall Street Journal - September 16, 2011
  • Guidelines for Japan's nuclear plants fail to account for worst-case earthquake and tsunami scenarios and need to be revised, said the head of a government committee drafting new seismic-safety standards,...

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Fauzi Bowo says Jakarta needs dike to avoid future tsunami threat
The Jakarta Post - September 15, 2011
  • Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo says the capital urgently needs to construct a massive dike to safeguard the city against tsunami, since many areas around the city are sinking to below sea level.

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Anticipate Tsunami, the Giant Sea Wall Construction Accelerated
BeritaJakarta.com - September 14, 2011
  • ...After completing program study review of Jakarta Coastal Sea Defence Strategy, Jakarta Provincial Government and Rotterdam City Government start the making of build giant sea wall master plan. With technical assistance from Rotterdam City Government, it is planned the master plan preparation...

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Scientists on trial: At fault?
nature.com - September 14, 2011
  • In 2009, an earthquake devastated the Italian city of L'Aquila and killed more than 300 people. Now, scientists are on trial for manslaughter.

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Quake fears focused on coast
MyDesert.com - September 13, 2011
  • Scientists: SoCal shores vulnerable to tsunamis, nuclear disasters ...While much scientific work has focused on mapping on-shore fault systems, “most of our maps don't include anything offshore; it's essentially a black hole,” ...

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Earthquake Experts Encourage Desert Residents To Prepare
KESQ.COM - September 13, 2011
  • ...Experts in the science of tsunamis said the best way to prepare is to get informed. "There about 375,000 people in Southern California who live in mapped tsunami inundation zones,...

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False tsunami alarm prompts mass evacuation in Vietnam
monsterandcritics.com - September 12, 2011
  • Hanoi - Thousands of people on the coast of south-central Vietnam fled their homes after misunderstanding an announcement on the threat of a tsunami, news reports said Monday.

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Tsunami debris creates Pacific shipping hazard
ABC News - September 12, 2011
  • Researchers say tonnes of debris resulting from the tsunami that struck Japan in March are drifting thousands of kilometres into the Pacific. There are fears the debris could present a hazard to both marine life and shipping vessels.

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HSU, state geological survey maps California's tsunami threat
Times-Standard - September 10, 2011
  • ...Paleotsunami science deals with geological evidence of tsunamis that have occurred before written accounts existed,[...]. In California, for the most part, a continuous written record doesn't exist before 1850. So scientists drill into the ground and unearth cores of sediment...

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Thousands participate in quake and tsunami drill in central Chile
channel6news - September 09, 2011
  • Thousands of people on Friday morning participated in an earthquake and tsunami drill in the central region of the country, more than 1.5 year after a massive earthquake struck off its coast.

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OSU studies tsunamis triggered by landslides
KVAL.com - September 08, 2011
  • ...The researchers are trying to find out how fast the waves can come and how strong the tsunami can be. They hope it can create better evacuation plans.

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Preparing for the next catastrophe
The Japan Times - September 06, 2011
  • ...A weak point in Tokyo in the event of tsunami are underground shopping malls, and subway lines and stations. Detailed plans must be developed to prevent tsunami from hitting these facilities...

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76% of food business operators affected by massive quake, tsunami
The Mainichi Daily News - September 06, 2011
  • A total of 75.6 percent of Japanese food business operators were affected by the March 11 quake and tsunami, while 53.4 percent reported being influenced by quake-induced radiation leaks...

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San Onofre Nuke Plant Ready For Quakes, Tsunami
KPBS.org - September 06, 2011
  • The Associated Press recently analyzed the earthquake risk at U.S. nuclear power plants. The AP analysis of government data shows quakes pose a greater risk for a severe accident at nuclear plants than previously thought.

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Japan tsunami: high levels of arsenic washed ashore
The Telegraph - September 05, 2011
  • Arsenic contamination is the latest in a string of challenges facing the Tohoku region which is still struggling to recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which claimed more than 20,000 lives.

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Bodega Bay radar used for salmon but detected tsunami
pressdemocrat.com - September 05, 2011
  • A high-frequency radar station at Bodega Bay is part of a California coastal network that was able to detect the tsunami in March as it approached from Japan, the first such use of radar technology.

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Many disaster-response bldgs lie in tsunami zones
DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE - September 03, 2011
  • More than 60 percent of municipalities located in Pacific coastal areas that are at risk of being hit by major earthquakes have disaster management and evacuation facilities located in areas expected to be inundated by tsunami,...

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EARTH: Thinking outside the rocks in the search for ancient earthquakes
Spero News - September 03, 2011
  • ...For centuries, it was unclear why no shaking preceded the Japanese tsunami of 1700. Now, researchers know that it's because the tsunami was set off by an earthquake clear across the Pacific.

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6.8 earthquake in Pacific Ocean prompts brief tsunami warning for Alaska’s Aleutian Islands
The Washington Post - September 02, 2011
  • ... extensive cloud cover was obscuring Cleveland Volcano, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the magnitude 6.8 earthquake has affected the volcano in the Aleutian Islands.

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Tsunami hazard map urged
Oman Observer - August 29, 2011
  • In a major breakthrough to enhance the Sultanate’s preparedness against a possible tsunami, a scientist at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has suggested a hazard map for the country to be well-equipped.

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Pacific Coast Towns Rethink Tsunami ‘Vertical’ Evacuation Options
Insurance Journal - August 29, 2011
  • ... some areas along the Northwest coast are working on plans to build massive hills or structures that could be used to escape the tsunami’s reach. The so-called vertical evacuation sites have been adopted in parts of Japan...

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Tsunami fallout
www.abc.net.au - August 28, 2011
  • Report:: The ABC's North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy travelled to two of the hardest-hit regions to see how farmers are coping with the disaster.

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Rebounding surge can be deadly, tsunami-like
The Asbury Park Press - August 27, 2011
  • ...Witnesses to the almost-forgotten phenomenon of hurricane waves told of tsunami-like surges, 30 to 40 feet high, that roared ashore as the hurricanes themselves spun away from the coast and shifted wind fields.

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Massive Tsunamis Hit Japan Every 1000 Years
Irish Weather Online - August 27, 2011
  • ...Sediment found in strata of a cliff in Kesennuma of Miyagi Prefecture indicates that a massive tsunami of at least 10 meters (33 feet) high has hit the Sanriku coast six times during the past 6,000 years.

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East Coast quake rekindles nuclear plant safety concerns
Los Angeles Times - August 27, 2011
  • Members of Congress say the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving too slowly on recommendations made after damage to plants in Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

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Quake a wake-up call for Eastern U.S.
CNN - August 26, 2011
  • ...Although seismologists, historians and emergency managers have recognized the potential for an earthquake along the East Coast for years, most people were caught by surprise and so responded inappropriately.

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Massive tsunamis hit Japan’s eastern coast every 1,000 years
Channel6News - August 25, 2011
  • Scientists have discovered evidence that a massive tsunami has hit the eastern coast of Japan every 1,000 years, the Daily Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday. Sediment found in strata of a cliff in Kesennuma of Miyagi Prefecture indicates...

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Materials and Methods Already Exist to Reduce the Devastation Caused by Tsunami Tidal Forces
PR Newswire - August 25, 2011
  • Russian scientist Marsel Yanovich Bickbau and his colleague Itzhak Elkind have applied for worldwide patents on methods for reducing the force of tsunami tidal waves. Research for this endeavor, resulting in Russian Federation patents...

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Signs of 6 massive tsunami over past 6,000 years found in disaster-hit city
The Mainichi Daily News - August 22, 2011
  • ...The team examined a three-meter-high piece of exposed land in a coastal area of the city, and between the peat layers formed by rotted plants, they found six layers in which sand and stones from the shore had apparently been...

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IBM To Develop Computers That Can Issue a Tsunami Warning, Spot Spoiled Food
International Business Times - August 18, 2011
  • ...For example, the statement said, a cognitive computer could record and report metrics based on global water levels and issue a Tsunami warning based on its decision making.

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Japan tsunami is first to be tracked by radar
msnbc.com - August 18, 2011
  • ...In the new study, scientists noticed that the radar picks up not the actual tsunami wave — which is small in height while out at sea — but changes in currents as the wave passes.

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California scientist: Early tsunami warning system could be possible
CNN.com - August 17, 2011
  • A high-frequency radar in California detected the March 11 tsunami that devastated Japan, raising hopes for the development of a new early warning system, a University of California at Davis oceanographer said.

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A tsunami's icy reach
blogs.discovermagazine.com - August 14, 2011
  • ... By the time it hit the Antarctic ice shelf — 13,000 km away, taking less than a day — it was well under a meter high. But water is dense (a cubic meter weighs a ton!) and that much of it hitting the ice can cause it to flex and break.

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Mediterranean tsunami warning system passes first test
sofiaecho.com - August 11, 2011
  • ...Tsunami warning focal points of 31 countries in the region took part in the test of the system, which was first established in 2005 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) established under the Unesco.

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5 Million Indonesians at Risk From Tsunamis, UN Says
JakartaGlobe - August 11, 2011
  • The United Nations has named Indonesia the country most at risk from tsunamis, with more than five million people here vulnerable to monster waves.

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Tsunami waves hit Pacific coast
CBS News - August 11, 2011
  • Waves from a tsunami triggered by Japan's catastrophic earthquake slapped the U.S. west coast, causing extensive damage to harbors and piers in California. Waves surging along the coast reached as high as 7 feet.

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Sri Lanka still struggling with Boxing Day Tsunami
TVNZ - August 10, 2011
  • More than six years after the Boxing Day tsunami that devastated coastal communities throughout South East Asia survivors in southern Sri Lanka still struggle to make sense of the tragedy, according to new research from Otago University.

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Massive Japan Quake Even Rattled Upper Atmosphere
space.com - August 10, 2011
  • The giant earthquake that struck Japan this year not only shook the Earth, but also rattled the highest layer of the atmosphere, scientists find. This research could lead to a new type of early warning system for devastating tsunamis and earthquakes.

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Tsunami broke off Manhattan-size bits of Antarctica
CNET News - August 09, 2011
  • A NASA scientist and her colleagues have observed that the March 11 tsunami that devastated Japan broke off Manhattan-size icebergs from Antarctica, some 8,000 miles distant.

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From Icebergs to Autos, Effects of the Japan Earthquake are Long-Lasting
Business Insider - August 09, 2011
  • NASA’s report this week that the March earthquake in Japan directly resulted in the formation of icebergs in Antarctica was but the latest example of the quake’s widespread and long-lasting impact.

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Tsunami debris is slowly making its way from Japan to California.
Monterey county weekley - August 04, 2011
  • ...Hawaii’s International Pacific Research Center estimates the debris will reach the Midway Islands in six months, the main Hawaiian Islands in two years and the North American West Coast in about three years.

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City experiments with high-rise evacuation centers
TheEpochTimes - August 03, 2011
  • ...Officials in the West Sumatra city of Padang think they may have a unique solution: building high-rise evacuation centers. These buildings will have more room than regular evacuation roads. Current evacuation roads not only lack...

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INDONESIA: Evacuation towers for tsunami escape route
IRIN Asia - August 02, 2011
  • City officials in Padang have come up with an unusual strategy to save the lives of its citizens in the event of a tsunami: multi-storey buildings.

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Is Japan at risk of new tsunami after Honshu quake?
Voice of Russia - August 02, 2011
  • ...Strange as it might seem, but there is something positive about the continuing quakes in Japan. Strong quakes usually have a series of aftershocks. According to a law defined by Fusakichi Omori in 1894 (known as Omori`s law),...

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World-first tsunami warning system for WA
ABC News - July 30, 2011
  • In the next few months, Australian scientists will activate a world-first tsunami warning system in the remote East Pilbara region of Western Australia. Geoscience Australia says the device will be able to track earthquakes off Indonesia in real time...

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Tsunami-devastated communities try to control plague of flies
The Mainichi Daily News - July 30, 2011
  • Communities along the tsunami-devastated northeastern coast of Japan, facing thick swarms of flies since the March 11 disasters, are getting help from the Self-Defense Forces to exterminate the pests.

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Tsunami system to stress caution
The Japan Times - July 29, 2011
  • The Meteorological Agency has decided to issue initial tsunami warnings based on worst-case scenarios when earthquakes of magnitude 8 or greater strike, agency sources said.

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Tsunami data facilities need urgent repair
Daily Yomiuri Online - July 28, 2011
  • ...Five of seven GPS-equipped wave recorders off the coast of the prefectures could not record fluctuations in tidal levels during the magnitude-7.3 earthquake on July 10 because they had been damaged by the devastating March 11 tsunami.

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Slow Moving Tsunamis: NRDC Evaluates Water-Related Issues in Cities
AudubonMagazine.org - July 26, 2011
  • ...Threats that cities could face include more severe storms and droughts, flooding, and rising sea levels, which the researchers likened to a slow moving tsunami...

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Atmospheric Tsunami Airglow Signature
Hydro International - July 18, 2011
  • The airglow preceded the tsunami by one hour, suggesting that the technology could be used as an early-warning system in the future. The observation confirms a theory developed in the 1970s that the signature of tsunamis...

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Giant Underwater Volcanoes Discovered
DiscoveryNews - July 13, 2011
  • ...The findings also raise awareness of a hazard to humans. Such volcanoes often have unstable slopes, and if the entire side becomes unstable it can slip down in a sudden rush, generating a tsunami.

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Google Streetview captures Japanese earthquake
The Telegraph - July 12, 2011
  • Google has already used its ‘Person Finder’ technology to help people search for people feared lost in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Now the company is sending its Streetview camera cars to map and record the areas hit...

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Survey: 50 percent of coastal towns have no tsunami evacuation plan
asahi.com - July 10, 2011
  • Only about half of the municipalities along the vulnerable Pacific coast have tsunami evacuation plans. In 2002, the central government asked 197 municipalities in 17 prefectures vulnerable to tsunami generated by Tokai, ...

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Tonga to complain over wave gauge failure
The Sydney Morning Herald - July 08, 2011
  • AAP - Tonga has admitted it is woefully ill-prepared for a tsunami, with several systems, including an Australian-run tidal monitoring gauge, failing during this week's tsunami scare.

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'Software' to deal with disasters
THE JAPAN TIMES - July 04, 2011
  • An experts' panel at the Central Disaster Management Council of the Cabinet Office on June 26 announced in its interim report a new approach in working out countermeasures to large-scale earthquakes and tsunami.

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Aftermath of Japan shows Oz at greater risk of tsunamis
crikey.com - July 04, 2011
  • Scientific modelling reworked in the aftermath of Japan shows that Australia is at greater risk of tsunamis than previously assumed, according to several international experts on tsunamis and earthquakes.

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Video of the Day: Activity on Twitter After the Earthquake in Japan
the Atlantic - July 01, 2011
  • ...and also in the face of major disasters like the March 11 earthquake in Japan, where the volume of Tweets sent per second spiked to more than 5,000 TPS five separate times after the quake and ensuing tsunami."

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Massive Japan Tsunami Topped 130 Feet
ouramazingplanet.com - July 01, 2011
  • Japan's massive tsunami on March 11 reached heights of up to 131 feet (40 meters), according to the latest data from Japan's Meteorological Agency. That's the agency's best estimate, but the precise height will likely never be known...

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What a Tahoe tsunami spurs: 30-foot surge, destruction
RGJ.com - June 29, 2011
  • It last happened thousands of years ago. It could happen again today. Crushing pressures locked up beneath the surface are released explosively as the West Tahoe Fault ruptures near South Lake Tahoe.

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Panel stresses evacuation from tsunami / Moves focus from physical barriers
DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE - June 29, 2011
  • An expert panel on tsunami countermeasures has called for the establishment of comprehensive evacuation plans in anticipation of massive tsunami, representing a major shift from the past emphasis on dikes ...

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Sumatra Tsunami: Sediment Trenches Implicated
Hydro International - June 23, 2011
  • The devastating power of the 2004 Boxing Day Sumatran-Andaman earthquake and unusual geological characteristics of the seabed and underlying sediments south of the epicentre contributed to the ensuing tsunami,...

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Fossilized coral date previous tsunami
THE DAILY YOMIURI - June 23, 2011
  • A 25-year-old graduate student at the University of Tokyo has found a way to determine when tsunami occurred by analyzing fossilized coral. The standard dating method for tsunami is to examine materials deposited on land...

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Tsunami Warning Issued, Canceled for Aleutians
ktuu.com - June 23, 2011
  • A tsunami warning was issued and then canceled Thursday night for the Aleutian chain, after a 7.3 preliminary-magnitude earthquake struck 20 miles southeast of Amutka Pass.

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Japan's tsunami debris set for 10-year Pacific tour
AFP - June 21, 2011
  • Debris sucked from the shoreline of Japan by the March 11 tsunami has embarked on a 10-year circuit of the North Pacific, posing an enduring threat to shipping and wildlife,...

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Tsunami carnage in panorama
The Sun - June 19, 2011
  • This and other before-and-after shots reveal the chaos the March quake left in its wake after a giant wave swamped the country's eastern coast.

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Japan to retain nuclear power as main energy source despite tsunami disaster
DailyIndia.com - June 15, 2011
  • Japan's Industry Minister Banri Kaieda has reportedly said that nuclear power will remain a core energy source for Japan's electric power generation.

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Tsunami zones still swamped by debris
smh.com.au - June 13, 2011
  • More than 90,000 people are still living in shelters three months after the Japanese earthquake and only a fraction of the debris dumped by the ensuing tsunami has been removed, according to official figures.

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Tsunami map to aid reconstruction
The Japan Times - June 12, 2011
  • Data stretching back more than a century to be incorporated - The land ministry's regional development bureau for northeastern Japan will compile a map showing areas inundated by major tsunami, including the ones triggered by the March 11 quake,(...).

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Tas suburb's link in tsunami research
ABC News - June 12, 2011
  • The beach suburb of Kingston, south of Hobart, is being used to model how a tsunami might impact buildings along the shoreline.

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How the state is prepared for a tsunami in Hawaiian waters
KHON2 - June 11, 2011
  • Harbors, homes and boats were damaged and destroyed when the March 11th tsunami in Japan reached Hawaii's shorelines.  A disaster state and county agencies had only hours to prepare for.  If the same were to happen here, a simulation shows how quickly Hawaii would feel the impact.

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Thai attempt to protect popular beach from future tsunami with wooden fence
photoblog.msnbc.msn.com - June 11, 2011
  • "I hope this is effective in the event of another tsunami in Phuket, but after witnessing the power of the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand and the recent tsunami in Japan, I have to wonder if wood buried deep into the ground would have much impact(...)."

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NOAA, coastal states discuss U.S. tsunami capabilities, local preparedness needs
NOAA - June 10, 2011
  • NOAA and its federal partners are meeting today on Capitol Hill with East Coast, Gulf and Caribbean state officials to discuss U.S. tsunami warning capabilities and the need for better local preparedness.

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Bac Lieu to set up 14 tsunami watch posts
VietNamNews - June 07, 2011
  • Bac Lieu Province, situated in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, plans to set up 14 tsunami observation posts along the East Sea coast in order to warn people of the approach of life threatening waves.

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The Ever-Present Threat of Tsunamis
VOANews.com - June 06, 2011
  • [...] Scientists say that strong earthquakes under the sea are responsible for eighty to ninety percent of all tsunamis. Volcanic explosions can also cause a tsunami.

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Seismic signals can improve detection of tsunami, earthquake
TruthDive - June 04, 2011
  • Washington, June 4 (ANI): Understanding of seismic background signals resulting from water movements could lead to improved earthquake and tsunami detection in the Caribbean region where 100 tsunamis have been reported in the past 500 years, suggests a new research.

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Japan tsunami : Following up the aftermath (Part 16 – June)
EarthQuake - Report - June 03, 2011
  • This is part 16 of our ongoing reporting with many updates about the massive 9.0 earthquake / tsunami which struck Japan on March 11 2011. Contrary to many others publications, we will continue to follow up the March 11 related news and NOT only the Fukushima nuclear plant stories like many others do.

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Tsunami sensor detects mysterious background signal in Panama
EurekAlert - June 03, 2011
  • An unusual signal detected by the seismic monitoring station at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's research facility on Barro Colorado Island results from waves in Lake Gatun, the reservoir that forms the Panama Canal channel, scientists report.

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Witnesses to the 1964 tsunami sought
northcoastcitizen.com - June 02, 2011
  • Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries  (DOGAMI) wants to talk to anyone who was living in Tillamook County on March 27, 1964, when the great Alaska earthquake triggered a distant tsunami that swept down the west coast of the United States.

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Report Finds Japan Underestimated Tsunami Danger
The New York Times - June 01, 2011
  • Japan underestimated the danger of tsunamis and failed to prepare adequate backup systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a team of inspectors from an international nuclear regulator said Wednesday in a critical report that was released as the Japanese prime minister...

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Tsunami warning sirens for Tauranga
Otago Daily Times - May 31, 2011
  • Tauranga's (rem: Neuseeland) low lying suburbs will soon be dotted with air-raid-style tsunami warning sirens, sparked by Japan's deadly earthquake and tsunami this year.

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Energy angst: Japan's post-tsunami power crisis
CBSnews - May 30, 2011
  • [...] By June, forced or planned shutdowns will mean an estimated 65 per cent of this country's nuclear power capacity will be offline.

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Chilean Ocean Radar Detected Tsunami
Hydro INTERNATIONAL - May 30, 2011
  • The research group lead by Prof. Dante Figueroa from the University of Concepcion in Chile, has reported that their WERA radar system was able to capture the signal of the tsunami that struck northeast Japan in March 2011. This is the first time ever that an ocean radar detected an approaching tsunami.

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Foul-smelling fish and seaweed plague survivors of earthquake and tsunami
The Mainichi Daily News - May 28, 2011
  • OTSUCHI, Iwate -- Mountains of rotting, foul-smelling fish and seaweed are causing March 11 disaster survivors here and in fishing communities all along Japan's northeast coast serious headaches.

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Lone pine may be seed of forest's rebirth
MiamiHerald.com - May 26, 2011
  • The terrifying force of the March 11 tsunami left only one tree standing from a forest of 70,000 in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture. Today, scientists are using that same tree in their efforts to bring back one of the nation's most beautiful sights.

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Cannon Beach plans tsunami-resistant structure
Oregon Business - May 25, 2011
  • When the Sendai quake and tsunami hit last March, many Japanese residents took refuge in “vertical evacuation structures,” reinforced concrete buildings that were strong enough — and tall enough — to withstand the force of the waves.

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South China Sea tsunami early warning system expected by 2015
People's Daily Online - May 25, 2011
  • According to China's State Oceanic Administration, a total of nine countries along the coast of South China Sea are joining together to build a South China Sea tsunami early warning system, which can notify countries within 10 minutes before a tsunami happens, and the system will be completed in 2015.

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Japan quake increased stress in some areas
UPI.com - May 25, 2011
  • The March 11 magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan caused stress to build up in other areas that could threaten years of aftershocks or new tremors, researchers said.

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'Two-faced rupture' made Japan tsunami so big
Science on msnbc.com - May 24, 2011
  • The devastating tsunami that swept ashore in Japan after a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March had such extraordinary power because of the unusual way in which the fault that generated the quake ruptured, new research suggests.

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Airbus expects Far East orders for tsunami rescue aircraft
THE INDEPENDENT - May 22, 2011
  • Both Japan and New Zealand have inquired about the A400M to handle humanitarian crises - Far Eastern governments have contacted Airbus about ordering its latest military aircraft, which can cost more than $80m (£49m), to tackle humanitarian crises.

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Trawler's net knocks out earthquake, tsunami monitor
THE VANCOUVER SUN - May 20, 2011
  • A wayward fishing trawler has knocked out a key section of the $100-million Neptune Canada observatory on the sea floor off Vancouver Island. The trawler was dragging its giant net across the sea floor -in an area where the fishermen are not supposed to go -and hit one of Neptune's platforms, loaded with costly titanium instruments that monitor everything from earthquakes to tsunamis.

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Ripple effects of Japan's tsunami
MYREPUBLICA.com - May 18, 2011
  • The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan not only claimed human lives but has also dealt a huge economic blow. The areas badly affected by tsunami contribute about 6.2 percent to the country’s GDP. More specifically, they produce and export agricultural products and sea foods. However, they have lost their markets in Europe, North America, and Australia.

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Quake took out Fukushima cooling system before tsunami
NewScientist - May 17, 2011
  • It wasn't only the massive tsunami that stripped the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant of its essential cooling capability on 11 March: the magnitude-9.0 megaquake had almost immediately caused a failure of the number 1 reactor's primary emergency backup cooling system, which uses the steam generated by the reactor to push coolant around it.

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Century of disasters — how you can cope
msnbc.com - May 14, 2011
  • Meltdowns, floods, tornadoes, oil spills, grid crashes — are more things going wrong? In the same way that the 20th century was the century of world wars, genocide, and grinding ideological conflict, the 21st will be the century of natural disasters and technological crises and unholy combinations of the two.

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How one Japanese village defied the tsunami
msn.com - May 13, 2011
  • In the rubble of Japan's northeast coast, one small village stands as tall as ever after the tsunami. No homes were swept away. In fact, they barely got wet. Fudai is the village that survived — thanks to a huge wall once deemed a mayor's expensive folly and now vindicated as the community's salvation.

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S. Korea Raises Tsunami Walls to Quell Unease About Atomic Risks
Bloomberg - May 08, 2011
  • South Korea said it will double the height of sea walls protecting its oldest nuclear reactor to quell unease about the risks of atomic power, drawing on the lessons of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

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Japan's ancient tsunami warnings carved in stone
TIMES Live - May 08, 2011
  • Weathered stone markers recalling the deadly tsunamis of centuries past dot the sawtooth coastline of northeast Japan, serving as silent warnings from the ancestors.[...] Before the 1933 disaster struck in the Japanese year of Showa 8, the small coastal community had also been obliterated in Meiji 29 (1896). The first tsunami left just two survivors, and the second only four.

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Japan wants 3 reactors closed while seawall built
BusinessWeek - May 06, 2011
  • AP - Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference Friday evening he requested the shutdown for safety reasons, citing experts' forecast of a 90 percent probability of a quake with magnitude of 8.0 or higher striking central Japan within 30 years.

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Satellite images of Japan, before and after the earthquake
Los Angeles Times - May 04, 2011
  • => Use the slider to compare the landscapes before and after the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan. Images courtesy Google, DigitalGlobe.

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Germany's Hannover Re sees $344 million Japan cost
Forbes.com - May 03, 2011
  • Associated Press - German-based reinsurer Hannover Re AG says Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami cost it euro232 million ($344 million) - part of a heavy burden of losses from natural disasters that weighed down its earnings.

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Asbestos, Japan tsunami's other hidden danger
The Seattle Times - April 27, 2011
  • Inside the chunks of slate and wallboard smashed and scattered by Japan's tsunami hides a health risk that has been overshadowed by contamination from a leaking nuclear plant: the odorless and nearly invisible threat of asbestos. Activists have found the cancer-causing, fibrous material in the air and debris collected from the devastated northeastern coast.

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Japan quake victims face health issues
UPI.com - April 26, 2011
  • Survivors of Japan's earthquake-tsunami disaster are facing a host of health issues because of inadequate facilities and poor nutrition, medical experts said. In Miyagi Prefecture, one of the worst hit by the March 11 calamity, victims living in evacuation centers must deal with worsening hygienic conditions, power blackouts, insufficient water supply and poor nutrition in food provided by the shelters,(...).



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Japan's nuclear disaster offers state lessons
San Francisco Chronicle - April 24, 2011
  • After Fukushima, what? Japan's disastrous earthquake and tsunami that crippled its coastal nuclear reactors have reopened old questions for California: How big could the next inevitable earthquake be, and how safe are the state's nuclear power plants that now produce more than 15 percent of our electricity?[...] Even if the entire 800-mile length of the San Andreas Fault were to rupture, it would produce an earthquake no bigger than a magnitude of about 8.3,(...).

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Reinsurer Munich Re expects Q1 loss on Japan
BusinessWeek - April 20, 2011
  • German reinsurer Munich Re has warned investors it will make a loss in the first quarter because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Claims from an earthquake in New Zealand and a cyclone in Australia will also contribute to the loss.

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Tsunami debris forces changes in shipping routes in Japan
www.platts.com - April 20, 2011
  • The massive amount of debris caused by the March 11 quake and the tsunami in Japan is forcing ships to change their routes, an industry association official said Wednesday. Eighty percent of Japanese ships for domestic transport need to travel via the Sea of Japan instead of the Pacific Ocean due to the amount of floating debris that be dangerous to small ships (...).

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Japan quake, tsunami provided valuable info for scientists
sfexaminer.com - April 17, 2011
  • On the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, research seismologist Walter D. Mooney, who's based in Menlo Park at the U.S. Geological Survey, talks about what scientists have learned from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.


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Are larger earthquakes a sign of the times?
Nature - April 14, 2011
  • Seismologists debate whether the recent spate of megaquakes is a statistical fluke or something more.[...] While some scientists argue that these 'megaquakes' could be the vanguard of an extended outburst of strong seismic events, many others suggest that the apparent cluster of recent temblors is nothing more than a statistical fluke.

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Japan nuclear crisis on same level as Chernobyl
msnbc.com - April 12, 2011
  • [...] The new ranking signifies a "major accident" that includes widespread effects on the environment and health, according to the Vienna-based IAEA. "Our preparations for how to measure (the radiation leakage) when such a tsunami and earthquake occurred were insufficient and, as a result, we were late in disseminating information internationally," said a senior official in Prime Minister Naoto Kan's office.

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Fukushima set for epic clean-up
NATURE.com - April 11, 2011
  • Latest data suggest a Chernobyl-like effort will be needed.

    (...) makes Fukushima a unique challenge. The plant's damaged reactors are home to just under 1,000 tonnes of nuclear fuel and thousands of tonnes of radioactive water (see graphic). Last week, the Toshiba Corporation floated a rough proposal to clean up the site in a decade. But veterans of clean-up operations at sites such as Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania say that it will probably take much longer.

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VIDEO: Debris from Japan tsunami will wash ashore on Hawaii
Big Island Video News.com - April 11, 2011
  • University of Hawaii researches are projecting further impacts here on Hawaii Island from the 9.0 earthquake in Japan. This time, a surge of debris from the destroyed remnants of Japan’s coastal towns are expected to wash ashore in two to five years.

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