tsunami News

USGS: Moderate Quakes Off Oregon, California Coasts

Scientists say two moderate earthquakes occurred off the Oregon and California coasts late Saturday and early Sunday but neither triggered a tsunami warning. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 5.0 earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean about 93 miles southwest …

Oregon University Confidently Building $50M Center in Tsunami Zone

Oregon State University is moving ahead with plans to build a $50 million expansion to house its marine science initiative in a tsunami inundation zone in Newport despite warnings from a state geologist that the site could make it vulnerable …

Japan Aims to Beef up Nuke Safety Check Competency After Bad Review

Japanese nuclear regulators said Monday they will revise laws, nearly double inspection staff and send some inspectors to the U.S. for training to address deficiencies cited by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Nuclear Regulation Authority announced the plans in …

Earthquakes Hit South Central Alaska, Aleutians

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake that hit south-central Alaskawas felt in the state’s largest city, Anchorage, and was one of several recent quakes in the area. The National Tsunami Warning Center says the quake hit at 12:57 p.m. on Saturday and was …

Source of Devastating 1964 Alaska Tsunami Discovered

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have solved a 50-year natural science mystery: the undersea source of tsunami waves that devastated a remote Alaska village following the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. Underwater landslides at depths of 820 to 1,150 feet …

New Tsunami Hazard Found in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

Geologists in Alaska have found evidence that a 125-mile section of the eastern Aleutian Islands that was once considered unlikely to generate earthquakes may be a future source of temblors – as well as potentially devastating tsunamis that could hit …

Peru Insurance Regulator Approves AIR Worldwide’s Earthquake Model

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, a division of Verisk Analytics, announced that its earthquake model for Peru has been officially approved by Peruvian insurance regulator Superintendencia de Banca y Seguros (SBS) to offer catastrophe modeling services to local insurance companies …

West Coast Towns Vulnerable to Tsunamis Consider Ways to Save Lives

Bracing for a tsunami like the one that devastated Japanese communities during a 2011 mega-earthquake, coastal communities from British Columbia to California have been grappling with how to protect people from a similar catastrophe. One of those towns is constructing …

Update: Quake off Chile Slams Waves into Coastal Towns; Death Toll Rises

Strong aftershocks rippled through Chile on Thursday after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake that killed at least eight people and slammed powerful waves into coastal towns, forcing more than a million people from their homes. The government ordered evacuations from coastal …

Study: Ventura, Oxnard in California Could be at Greater Tsunami Risk

A study says two California coastal cities are at greater risk from tsunamis than previously thought. The study released last week by the American Geophysical Union examined the flooding risk if earthquake faults in the Santa Barbara Channel area ruptured. Coastal …