Japan Quake http://www.kplu.org en NW timber exports after Japan quake slower than expected http://www.kplu.org/post/nw-timber-exports-after-japan-quake-slower-expected OLYMPIA, Wash. – When a massive earthquake destroyed San Francisco in 1906, timber mills in the Northwest went into high gear. They supplied the wood needed to rebuild. Last year, many in the timber industry predicted the Tohoku quake in Japan would cause a jump in northwest lumber exports. But those predictions haven't come true. The recovery after the 3/11 quake is slower than expected.<p>The Tohoku region in Japan has faced many setbacks in the recovery. As if the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and 100-foot tsunami waves weren’t enough, the Fukushima nuclear disaster still hasn’t been resolved. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:14:01 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 4362 at http://www.kplu.org Latest estimates: 1 to 5 percent of tsunami debris could reach N. America http://www.kplu.org/post/latest-estimates-1-5-percent-tsunami-debris-could-reach-n-america <p>HONOLULU &mdash; Tsunamis generated by the magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan last March dragged 3 million to 4 million tons of debris into the ocean after tearing up Japanese harbors and homes.</p><div><p>Scientists believe ocean currents are carrying some of the lumber, refrigerators, fishing boats and other objects across the Pacific toward the United States.</p><p>One to 5 percent of the 1 million to 2 million tons of debris still in the ocean may reach Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Washington and British Columbia, said University of Hawaii senior researcher and ocean current expert Nikolai Maximenko.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:32:29 +0000 The Associated Press 4265 at http://www.kplu.org Latest estimates: 1 to 5 percent of tsunami debris could reach N. America Washington milk is safe http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-milk-safe <p>Worried about radiation from Japan contaminating milk here at home? The Washington state departments of Agriculture and Health say the latest tests show no sign of any radioactivity in milk sampled in Tacoma and Spokane.</p><p>Last week, the EPA announced that trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 were detected in a sample from Spokane, but at levels 5,000 times below anything that would be remotely dangerous. Officials say drinking a pint of milk with radiation levels that low would amount to less than half of the exposure you would get in a five hour plane flight.</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:11:25 +0000 Dave Meyer 1149 at http://www.kplu.org Washington milk is safe Japan tsunami heightens interest in elevated 'safe havens' http://www.kplu.org/post/japan-tsunami-heightens-interest-elevated-safe-havens-0 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-961924.mp3</p><p>If you&rsquo;re near the coastline and a major earthquake strikes, the advice as always is to scramble for higher ground. But sometimes, high ground is far away. For example, if you&rsquo;re in Ocean Shores or Seaside, Ore., the best option could be to head for the rooftop of a sturdy building,<em> if</em> there is one.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">In Westport, and communities along the Northwest coast, &nbsp;the horrible and gripping images of destruction from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami are still top-of-mind.&nbsp;In this fishing and beach resort town, retiree Linda Orgel is one of hundreds of coastal residents spurred to become better prepared. That interest is being channeled into planning and design meetings for a possible string of manmade refuge towers.</p><p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 18:49:15 +0000 Tom Banse 1148 at http://www.kplu.org Japan tsunami heightens interest in elevated 'safe havens' Earthquake rebuilding likely to benefit existing timber exporters http://www.kplu.org/post/earthquake-rebuilding-likely-benefit-existing-timber-exporters <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-961585.mp3</p><p>When disaster response in Japan turns to rebuilding, Northwest timber companies and sawmills should see an increase in exports. But an industry consultant says the slow pace of disaster recovery means those new orders may not come for months.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Stock prices for some North American timber companies spiked in the immediate aftermath of the Japan disaster. Wall Street anticipates a surge in Japanese demand for logs, lumber and plywood to rebuild homes.</p><p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:11:44 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1137 at http://www.kplu.org Earthquake rebuilding likely to benefit existing timber exporters Northwest very familiar with Iodine-131 http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-very-familiar-iodine-131 <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-961351.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-961351.mp3</a></p><p>The small amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 found in milk in Spokane has been causing ripples of concern throughout the Northwest. Officials say the tiny amounts of radiation found in the milk were probably blown over from Japan&rsquo;s stricken nuclear plants.</p><p>Just outside the Tri-Cities, Drex Gauntt&rsquo;s alfalfa fields roll out like a plush emerald shag carpet. One of the ways that cows <a href="http://www.epa.gov/radiation/radionuclides/iodine.html ">can pass Iodine-131 into their milk </a>is by eating grass or hay that&rsquo;s been contaminated with the radioactive isotope. Gauntt says he&rsquo;s not too concerned. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 09:40:12 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 1119 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest very familiar with Iodine-131 Japan's meltdown and the future of nuclear power http://www.kplu.org/post/japans-meltdown-and-future-nuclear-power <p>There&#39;s no end in sight to Japan&#39;s nuclear crisis. More radioactive water is leaking from Japan&#39;s crippled nuclear complex, and traces of plutonium have been detected in soil outside the plant. Tokyo Electric Power says the amount is small and isn&#39;t a danger to public health.</p><p>Our technology commentator, <a href="http://stratnews.com/">Strategic News Service</a> publisher Mark Anderson, is keeping a close eye on the situation in Japan. He tells KPLU&#39;s Dave Meyer it&#39;s like watching a train wreck in slow motion, and this crisis is a major setback for the future of nuclear power.</p><p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:31:07 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 1085 at http://www.kplu.org Japan's meltdown and the future of nuclear power Local relief agencies weigh in on whether Japan is still in need of international aid http://www.kplu.org/post/local-relief-agencies-weigh-whether-japan-still-need-international-aid <p>Odd as it may seem, that&rsquo;s a big question right now within the aid and development community.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">By a simple measure of the number of news stories and organizational appeals out there, clearly the answer is: Yes, people should donate to disaster relief in Japan.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Perhaps the most blunt argument answering the question in the negative has come from Felix Salmon, economics columnist for Reuters, who said simply:&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/03/14/dont-donate-money-to-japan/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Don&rsquo;t Donate Money to Japan.</a></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">I&rsquo;ve&nbsp;<a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/why-you-should-donate-but-maybe-not-to-japan/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">posted on this debate</a>&nbsp;a few times, including an anonymous post from an aid worker decrying the&nbsp;<a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/guest-post-the-ugly-game-of-relief-for-japan/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">&ldquo;ugly game&rdquo; of </a><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/guest-post-the-ugly-game-of-relief-for-japan/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">fund-raising</a>around the Japan quake-tsunami disaster.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Others have written as well about the question of whether Japan needs/wants help from outside groups such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16charity.html?ref=stephaniestrom" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Stephanie Strom at the New York Times</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://goodintents.org/uncategorized/update-on-the-japan-relief-efforts" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Saundra Schimmelpfennig at Good Intentions Are Not Enough</a>.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/update-does-japan-needwant-international-relief-assistance-now/">Read More</a></p><p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:16:55 +0000 Tom Paulson 1060 at http://www.kplu.org Local relief agencies weigh in on whether Japan is still in need of international aid Seafood industry braces for Japan crisis impact http://www.kplu.org/post/seafood-industry-braces-japan-crisis-impact <p>The earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan are having a ripple effect on the trans-Pacific seafood trade.</p><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.45em; font-size: 0.85em; ">In Seattle, Sushi Kappo Tamura chef and owner Taichi Kitamura is worried now that a big chunk of the Japanese fishing industry damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. Along with sushi, Kitamura&#39;s menu also features some traditional recipes that use Japanese fish.</p><blockquote><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.45em; font-size: 0.85em; ">&quot;Consistency in availability is very important because you have a menu and you have to keep certain items on the menu,&quot; Kitamura says.</p></blockquote><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.45em; font-size: 0.85em; ">Kitamura is also worried about the safety of the seafood he imports. South Korea, Singapore and other Asian countries are already testing Japanese food imports for radiation. Japanese authorities say the levels of radiation released from the crippled nuclear reactors don&#39;t pose a public health risk. But Kitamura says skittish customers might decide to stay away.</p><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.45em; font-size: 0.85em; "><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/18/134653667/u-s-seafood-industry-braces-for-japan-crisis-impact">Read More</a></p><p> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:18:39 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1030 at http://www.kplu.org Seafood industry braces for Japan crisis impact Hanford watchdog sues for more plutonium fuel documents http://www.kplu.org/post/hanford-watchdog-sues-more-plutonium-fuel-documents <p>The nuclear reactor crisis in Japan is prompting more scrutiny of the nuclear power plant near Richland in southeast Washington. Thursday a Seattle-based Hanford watchdog sued <a href="http://www.energy-northwest.com/">Energy Northwest</a>. The group is demanding the power supplier turn over more documents on the possibility of the plant using plutonium for reactor fuel.</p><p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:27:57 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 1027 at http://www.kplu.org Hanford watchdog sues for more plutonium fuel documents Puget Sound area groups stand up for Japan's disaster victims http://www.kplu.org/post/puget-sound-area-groups-stand-japans-disaster-victims <p>Rallies, memorials and interfaith prayer gatherings are scheduled around Puget Sound today and through the weekend, as people gather in support of the victims of last week&#39;s earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan.</p><p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:23:05 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1028 at http://www.kplu.org Puget Sound area groups stand up for Japan's disaster victims Despite scary headlines, local radiation danger is negligible http://www.kplu.org/post/despite-scary-headlines-local-radiation-danger-negligible <p>From Chehalis to Chicago, local health food stores are seeing their stock of potassium iodide pills sell out, as public fear over radiation fallout from Japan&#39;s damaged nuclear plants continues.</p><p>The trouble is <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/15/1585962/radiation-fears-provoke-run-on.html">the fear doesn&#39;t match the risk</a>, say numerous scientists and government officials, both here and across the nation, according to The News Tribune and other reports.</p><p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 22:19:07 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1011 at http://www.kplu.org Despite scary headlines, local radiation danger is negligible Crisis in Japan could affect Northwest nuclear project http://www.kplu.org/post/crisis-japan-could-affect-northwest-nuclear-project <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-957922.mp3</p><p>The nuclear crisis in Japan could have repercussions for a proposed nuclear enrichment plant in Idaho. A Congressional subcommittee will hear testimony on nuclear safety, just as other countries re-examine their policies on nuclear power.</p><p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:17:56 +0000 Jessica Robinson 1010 at http://www.kplu.org Japan’s quake, tsunami and what it teaches the Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/japan%E2%80%99s-quake-tsunami-and-what-it-teaches-northwest <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-957772.mp3</p><p>You may have heard Washington has an earthquake fault similar to the one that devastated Japan.&nbsp; While there are many fault-lines criss-crossing western Washington, the only one that bears a strong similarity is under the ocean, parallel to our coast-line.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s called the Cascadia subduction zone.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:23:26 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1003 at http://www.kplu.org Japan’s quake, tsunami and what it teaches the Northwest Tsunami-hit Oregon county looks for aid http://www.kplu.org/post/tsunami-hit-oregon-county-looks-aid <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-957689.mp3</p><p>A southern Oregon county battered by last Friday&#39;s tsunami is turning to the state and federal government for assistance. High waves caused heavy damage the harbor in Brookings. One local official hand-delivered a request for assistance to the state capitol.</p><p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:11:40 +0000 Chris Lehman & KPLU News Staff 1000 at http://www.kplu.org Tsunami-hit Oregon county looks for aid