tsunami News

Washington City to Get Tsunami Warning System

Birch Bay, Wash. will soon be equipped with a tsunami warning system. The Bellingham Herald reported that the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is working with the state to set up an emergency warning system for Birch Bay that would provide …

Pacific Northwest Study Says More Could Survive Tsunami if They Can Just Walk Faster

About 5,500 more people could survive a major tsunami hitting the Pacific Northwest if they just walk a little faster to higher ground after roads are knocked out, a new study shows. The report published Monday in the Proceedings of …

How Another Country’s Insurance Industry Is Facing Climate Change

Tim Grafton, chief executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand, lives in a country surrounded by risk on all sides, and he’s unabashed in his efforts to use flooding events, frequent storms or other out-of-the-usual weather phenomenon as opportunities to …

Guy Carpenter Report Reveals Greatest Tsunami Risk Lies in Taiwan

Guy Carpenter’s new scenario risk report for the Asia-Pacific region predicts the greatest tsunami risk in the area lies in Taiwan. The report, titled “Tsunami Risk from Magnitude 9.4 Earthquake in Manila Trench,” provides an in-depth study of the tsunami …

RMS Study Shows Significant Tsunami Risk in Caribbean, Mediterranean

RMS, the catastrophe risk management firm, has released a global tsunami risk study that identifies more than 20 subduction zones worldwide capable of generating a giant earthquake and tsunami – similar in scale to the March 11, 2011, Tohoku, Japan …

Work on ‘Tsunami-Proof’ School on Washington Coast Underway

Ground has been broken for a new school building on the Washington coast at Westport. Officials say the structure is designed to be tsunami-proof. KOMO-TV reported that the planned “vertical evacuation structure” will be an addition to the Ocosta Elementary …

Oregon State Warned About Building in Tsunami Zone

Oregon’s state geologist urged Oregon State University not to put a marine studies building in a tsunami zone south of Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge – or at least build it to withstand waves as high as 43 feet. The school, however, …

Prison Sites at Salt Lake City Could Get Hit By Tsunami

The ground shakes violently and then a wall of salty, brine-shrimp-laden water crashes into the Utah State Prison. The cells of the state’s most dangerous inmates start to flood. Panicked Corrections officers must make a tough choice – hope the …

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 …

‘Silver Tsunami’ Predicted by Oregon Economist

A prominent Oregon economist says one of the counties hardest hit by the decline of the state’s forest industries should expect a “silver tsunami” of retirees as aging baby boomers flee California and, if predictions pan out, the Pacific Northwest …