Insurance Journal » tsunami http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:48:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.2 Pacific Northwest Study Says More Could Survive Tsunami if They Can Just Walk Faster http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/15/364457.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:38:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364457 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 …

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How Another Country’s Insurance Industry Is Facing Climate Change http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/04/09/363908.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:15:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363908 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 …

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Guy Carpenter Report Reveals Greatest Tsunami Risk Lies in Taiwan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2015/03/23/361666.htm Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:27:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361666 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 …

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RMS Study Shows Significant Tsunami Risk in Caribbean, Mediterranean http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2015/03/12/360232.htm Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:31:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360232 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 …

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Work on ‘Tsunami-Proof’ School on Washington Coast Underway http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/22/354926.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:23:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354926 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 …

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Oregon State Warned About Building in Tsunami Zone http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/29/351263.htm Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:08:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351263 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, …

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Prison Sites at Salt Lake City Could Get Hit By Tsunami http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/23/350999.htm Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:04:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350999 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 …

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Willis Re Unveils New Japan Tsunami Model http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2014/12/03/348766.htm Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:30:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348766 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 …

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‘Silver Tsunami’ Predicted by Oregon Economist http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/26/348418.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:23:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348418 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 …

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Judge: Sailors Can Sue California Company Over Fukushima Exposure http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/30/345455.htm Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:41:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345455 U.S. Navy personnel who were exposed to radiation from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima plant during earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in 2011 can sue the power station’s operator in California, a court ruled. U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino in San …

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No Fukushima Radiation Found in Oregon, Says Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/30/336174.htm Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:15:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336174 A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in Oregon. Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan …

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Tsunami Bulletin Issued Following Alaska Quake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/23/332738.htm Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:35:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332738 A magnitude 8.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for Alaska on Monday, according to a National Weather Service alert. The quake was located in the Rat Islands, which are part of the Aleutian Island chain. NWS said the deep quake, …

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Tsunami Debris Skiff Found On Washington Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/23/329982.htm Fri, 23 May 2014 16:00:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329982 More than three years after the tsunami hit Japan, evidence of the disaster continues to haunt the West Coast where residents know they also are vulnerable. A skiff that was once used by someone near Sendai washed ashore in January …

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Tsunami Advisory In Effect for Hawaii from Chile Quake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/02/325150.htm Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:18:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325150 U.S. officials say they’ve found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile. Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska …

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M6.9 Quake Strikes off Northern California Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/10/322865.htm Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:47:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322865 A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Eureka in Northern California, shaking regions as far away as San Francisco and parts of Oregon, according to the United States Geological Survey. The earthquake, which struck at a depth of …

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New Map Predicts Tsunami Effects On Alaska City http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/25/312198.htm Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:54:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312198 The state has released a tsunami inundation map for Sitka, Alaska showing the estimated high-water mark in the event of a tsunami. But Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller said not to take the map as the final word on how …

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Tsunami Warning Centers in Alaska, Hawaii Open Despite Shutdown http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/07/307421.htm Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:42:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307421 Despite the partial government shutdown, Americans have a full team of scientists tracking every possibility for an earthquake-triggered tsunami. The nation’s two tsunami warning centers remain fully staffed and operating around the clock in Alaska and Hawaii. Stuart Weinstein is …

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Scientists Defining Cascadia Subduction Zone in Pacific Northwest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/05/304125.htm Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:36:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304125 Scientists are just back from a monthlong research cruise in the Pacific Ocean off Washington state, where they were trying to find the stickiest point on a section of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the huge undersea fault that breaks loose …

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Found Boat in Hawaii May Be Tsunami Debris http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/19/302152.htm Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:01:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302152 The Department of Land and Natural Resources says a skiff that floated into Oahu’s Kawela Bay may be tsunami debris. KITV-TV reported the 20- to 25-foot skiff discovered Wednesday was covered with barnacles. A state crew found no invasive species …

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New Maps Show Less High Ground In Oregon Tsunami http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/06/17/295725.htm Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:55:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=295725 New tsunami maps being reviewed in northwest Oregon show there’s less high ground than previously thought if residents have to flee the most serious earthquake and tsunami projected. The Daily Astorian reported that Oregon officials have been showing them to …

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First Confirmed Japanese Tsunami Debris in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/04/29/290104.htm Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:08:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=290104 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 …

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RIMS in Southern California Touts Risks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/04/22/289400.htm Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:47:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=289400 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 …

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Tsunami Preparedness Week in Alaska http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/03/27/286259.htm Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:47:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=286259 Gov. Sean Parnell declared this Tsunami Preparedness Week in Alaska. Parnell, in his proclamation, says Alaska’s vast coastline is home to many communities that are vulnerable to tsunamis. He says the state also falls within one of the most seismically …

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Report Makes Chilling Forecast On Northwest Quake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/03/18/285014.htm Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:19:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=285014 More than 10,000 people could die when – not if – a monster earthquake and tsunami occur just off the Pacific Northwest coast, researchers told Oregon legislators . Coastal towns would be inundated. Schools, buildings and bridges would collapse, and …

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Scientists: Boat On Oregon Shore Likely Tsunami Debris http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/02/07/280471.htm Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:42:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=280471 Scientists say a 30-foot boat that washed ashore on Gleneden Beach on the central Oregon coast appears to be debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami. Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department spokesman Rick Boatner says it is believed to have …

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Big Quake Could Cause $30B Damage to Oregon http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/02/06/280265.htm Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:04:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=280265 A state commission says a magnitude 9 earthquake off the Oregon coast and tsunami could cause more than $30 billion damage to the state economy. Such a quake also could kill as many as 10,000 people in the state, but …

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Coast Guard: Large Dock Washes Ashore On Washington Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/20/274877.htm Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:18:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274877 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 …

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Officials Tracking Debris off Washington Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/19/274635.htm Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:49:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274635 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 …

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Biologist: Tsunami Debris Overwhelming In Spots In Alaska http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/17/274286.htm Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:23:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274286 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 …

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Alaskan Senator Seeks $15M For Tsunami Debris http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/10/273347.htm Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:07:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=273347 An Alaska senator wants $15 million for tsunami debris clean-up included in a federal disaster relief package for West Coast states affected by Superstorm Sandy. Sen. Mark Begich says the impact of debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in …

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