Japanese Tsunami http://www.kplu.org en Three Years Later, Where Did Japanese Tsunami Debris Go? http://www.kplu.org/post/three-years-later-where-did-japanese-tsunami-debris-go <p>Exactly three years have passed since a huge tsunami in March 2011 took thousands of lives in Japan and washed whole villages out to sea. Suspected tsunami debris started arriving on our shores the following December, but it's been less than feared.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:03:30 +0000 Tom Banse 14716 at http://www.kplu.org Three Years Later, Where Did Japanese Tsunami Debris Go? Workers ready to remove tsunami dock from Wash. coast http://www.kplu.org/post/workers-ready-remove-tsunami-dock-wash-coast <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Workers are </span>waitingin<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"> Forks for better weather to start removing a 65-foot long dock that washed ashore on the Washington coast from the Japanese tsunami.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Keeley Belva, said Friday work could start over the weekend if weather, tides and safety considerations are favorable.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:37:18 +0000 The Associated Press 8017 at http://www.kplu.org Workers ready to remove tsunami dock from Wash. coast Did 2011 Japan tsunami change preparedness on our coast? http://www.kplu.org/post/did-2011-japan-tsunami-change-preparedness-our-coast <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/031113TB_Prepare_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan served as a wake up call for coastal residents and visitors on our shores. But two years later, it is hard to measure how much that disaster has changed tsunami readiness on the Pacific Northwest coast.<p>Althea Rizzo is the geologic hazards program coordinator for Oregon Emergency Management. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:15:47 +0000 Tom Banse 7937 at http://www.kplu.org Did 2011 Japan tsunami change preparedness on our coast? Long Metal Pipe Found On Northwest Coast http://www.kplu.org/post/long-metal-pipe-found-northwest-coast <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/013013AKoly_Mealing_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A team from Washington Fish and Wildlife is trying to figure out whether the newest rusty visitor to the Northwest coast came from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:54:00 +0000 7699 at http://www.kplu.org Long Metal Pipe Found On Northwest Coast Tsunami debris dock decontaminated; removal poses next challenge http://www.kplu.org/post/tsunami-debris-dock-decontaminated-removal-poses-next-challenge <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/010513TB_ForksDock_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>State and federal biologists say they are confident they have minimized the invasive species threat posed by a derelict dock that washed ashore last month in Olympic National Park. The concrete and steel dock appears to have drifted across the Pacific Ocean after last year's tsunami in Japan. But the story is not over yet.<p>A tsunami debris response team hiked in with scrapers, ratchets and a shovel to a remote Olympic coast beach. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:58:29 +0000 Tom Banse 7498 at http://www.kplu.org Tsunami debris dock decontaminated; removal poses next challenge Officials tracking large tsunami debris off Washington coast http://www.kplu.org/post/officials-tracking-large-tsunami-debris-washington-coast <p>Federal, state and tribal officials are attempting to track a large dock that was reported drifting off the coast of Washington state.</p><p>NOAA spokeswoman Keeley Belva said Monday the object has not been relocated or confirmed since it was initially reported Dec. 14. Fishermen aboard a vessel reported seeing a large object floating off the coast, about 16 nautical miles northwest of Grays Harbor.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:19:43 +0000 The Associated Press 7389 at http://www.kplu.org Officials tracking large tsunami debris off Washington coast Resurgence of tsunami debris likely; Washington finally has plan http://www.kplu.org/post/resurgence-tsunami-debris-likely-washington-finally-has-plan <p>Winter winds and ocean currents are expected to deposit more debris on the Washington coast from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.</p><p>State Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent says the amount of debris declined over the summer after peaking in June, but it could pick up as weather patterns shift.</p><p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 19:13:19 +0000 The Associated Press & Jake Ellison 6941 at http://www.kplu.org Resurgence of tsunami debris likely; Washington finally has plan Minute traces of Japan reactor meltdown found in Pacific tuna http://www.kplu.org/post/minute-traces-japan-reactor-meltdown-found-pacific-tuna Researchers with Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they’ve detected minute amounts of radioactivity from the Fukushima reactor meltdown in albacore tuna caught along the West Coast. It's not considered a health threat at all.<p>Fisheries researchers in Oregon compared albacore tuna caught before last year's nuclear reactor meltdown in northeast Japan with fresh samples hooked off our coast afterwards, mainly this past summer. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 23:35:34 +0000 6834 at http://www.kplu.org Minute traces of Japan reactor meltdown found in Pacific tuna Japan offers to contribute to tsunami debris cleanup http://www.kplu.org/post/japan-offers-contribute-tsunami-debris-cleanup For the first time, the Japanese government says it will help to cover some of the cost of cleaning up tsunami debris on American and Canadian shores. Confirmed debris swept to sea by last year's Japanese tsunami began to wash up here this spring.<p>International law imposes no formal obligation on Japan to help. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 02:12:36 +0000 Tom Banse 6199 at http://www.kplu.org Japan offers to contribute to tsunami debris cleanup Tsunami debris clean-up costs mounting in NW http://www.kplu.org/post/tsunami-debris-clean-costs-mounting-nw SALEM, Ore. – The costs of cleaning up Japanese tsunami debris along Northwest coasts are adding up. Oregon says it's reached the half-million dollar mark. And officials say debris is now being spotted in unexpected places.<p>Tsunami debris. It's not just for ocean beaches anymore.<p>"This stuff's coming into rivers now," says Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department.<p>"Tsunami debris is getting washed up the rivers with the high tides. And some of it's going to end up on private property. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:34:51 +0000 Chris Lehman 5915 at http://www.kplu.org Tsunami debris clean-up costs mounting in NW Update: 1st piece off Newport tsunami dock stuck in sand http://www.kplu.org/post/update-1st-piece-newport-tsunami-dock-stuck-sand <p>Workers removing a tsunami dock from Agate Beach near Newport cut off the first piece Wednesday, but they were unable to remove it before dark.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:05:00 +0000 The Associated Press 5832 at http://www.kplu.org Update: 1st piece off Newport tsunami dock stuck in sand Schoolchildren from Japan's tsunami zone get respite in Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/schoolchildren-japans-tsunami-zone-get-respite-northwest Eight junior high students and their teachers from the Japanese tsunami zone arrive in Seattle Thursday. It's an unusual disaster relief effort. The schoolchildren are being treated to a free trip to escape the still difficult conditions at home, at least temporarily.<p>Bellevue, Washington-based web and email hosting firm PSP, Inc. donated to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief last year, like other Pacific Northwest companies did.<p>But company CEO Mayumi Nakamura wanted to do more to help victims recover. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 05:29:42 +0000 Tom Banse 5722 at http://www.kplu.org Schoolchildren from Japan's tsunami zone get respite in Northwest Northwest lawmakers say tsunami debris grants not enough http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-lawmakers-say-tsunami-debris-grants-not-enough WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lawmakers from the Northwest say a new federal grant to help clean up tsunami debris is just not enough to get the job done. They’re lobbying for millions of dollars to get rid of items washing ashore from last year’s tsunami in Japan.<p>Lawmakers are calling the debris a slow moving environmental disaster and its already starting to wash up on the region’s shores. The cleanup is expected to take years. Members of Congress are asking the federal government for more than forty million dollars to assist local officials in an unprecedented cleanup effort. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:29:16 +0000 5621 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest lawmakers say tsunami debris grants not enough Hundreds turn out to clean up Northwest beaches of tsunami, other debris http://www.kplu.org/post/hundreds-turn-out-clean-northwest-beaches-tsunami-other-debris More than 700 volunteers turned out Thursday to help pick up litter and flotsam on the Oregon and southwest Washington coasts. Volunteers were on alert for debris from last year's tsunami in Japan. There were some possible new finds on Long Beach, Washington.<p>The fifth of July is a traditional beach cleanup day in Manzanita and Seaside, Oregon and on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:36:10 +0000 Tom Banse 5524 at http://www.kplu.org Hundreds turn out to clean up Northwest beaches of tsunami, other debris Tsunami costs mounting; Gregoire releases $500,000 for cleanup http://www.kplu.org/post/tsunami-costs-mounting-gregoire-releases-500000-cleanup <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Gov. Chris Gregoire is releasing $500,000 from her emergency fund to address costs associated with potential debris washing up on the state&#39;s beaches from the Japanese tsunami.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 23:20:39 +0000 The Associated Press 5492 at http://www.kplu.org Tsunami costs mounting; Gregoire releases $500,000 for cleanup