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Willis Re Unveils New Japan Tsunami Model

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Group Holdings, the risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, has released a new Japan Tsunami Model to advance the industry’s understanding of catastrophic tsunami losses. The tsunami model, which was developed in-house alongside …

Japan Assesses Damage from Earthquake in Olympics Site Region

The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought. A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 …

Report: $100M in Losses from Southern California Quake

The moderate earthquake that struck Southern California in spring did more damage than people may think – and a bigger quake on that fault could be more devastating than a “big one” on the region’s infamous San Andreas Fault, a …

Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Hits Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture-Kyodo

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Fukushima Prefecture in Japan early Friday morning, Kyodo reported, quoting the Japan Meteorological Agency. No tsunami warning has been issued, the news agency said. The focus of the quake was around …

First Confirmed Japanese Tsunami Debris in California

A barnacle-covered fishing boat that washed ashore this month in Crescent City, California, has been confirmed as the first debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan to reach California’s shores. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration confirmed the boat’s origin with …

RIMS in Southern California Touts Risks

Risk managers will play a greater role in strategic planning in the near future, according to a report issued on Monday. That was among the plethora of risk related information delivered at the annual Risk and Insurance Management Society conference …

Can California’s San Andreas Break At Once? Study Says Maybe

A new study suggests certain earthquake fault segments long thought to be stable may rupture and cause a mega-quake. That’s what happened during the 2011 magnitude-9 quake in Japan that triggered a tsunami and during the 1999 magnitude-7.6 Chi-Chi quake …

Coast Guard: Large Dock Washes Ashore On Washington Coast

The Coast Guard on Tuesday spotted a large dock that has washed ashore in a remote section of Olympic National Park on the northwest Washington coast. Scientists are concerned it could be debris from the tsunami that struck Japan last …

Officials Tracking Debris off Washington Coast

Federal, state and tribal officials are attempting to track a large dock that was reported drifting off the coast of Washington state, one of potentially hundreds of objects that could wash up along the West Coast from the tsunami that …

Biologist: Tsunami Debris Overwhelming In Spots In Alaska

Debris that gathered this past summer on Alaska’s Kayak Island made walking on its beaches feel like walking through a natural disaster zone, a federal biologist said Thursday. Jacek Maselko, a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in …