tsunami News

M6.3 Earthquake Strikes off Oregon Coast

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Thursday off the Oregon coast, but it didn’t generate a tsunami or cause any damage or injuries, authorities said. The epicenter of the quake, which hit just after 8 a.m., was located about 150 miles from …

Oregon Lawmakers Repealed Tsunami Zone Building Law

The Oregon Legislature has repealed a nearly 25-year-old law prohibiting new schools, hospitals, jails, and police and fire stations from being built in the state’s tsunami inundation zone. The Statesman Journal reported that coastal legislators, who pushed the bill, say …

Tsunami-Wrecked Fukushima Nuclear Plant Begins Fuel Removal in Melted Reactor

The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday [April 15] from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in what will be a decades-long process to …

Alaskans Hear False Tsunami Warning on TV, Radio

Many Alaska residents were mistakenly warned on TV and on the radio Friday morning of a tsunami threat along the West Coast of the United States, from San Diego to Alaska’s Aleutian islands. The alert said at the end of …

Alaskan Quake Highlights Complexity of Tsunami Warnings

The powerful earthquake that struck beneath the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday generated a tsunami, but before gauges could show that it was very small, warnings went out to a vast swath of the state and British Columbia, while a …

M7.9 Quake Jolted Alaska, No Tsunami

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of the state’s coast and sending some residents fleeing to higher ground. Officials at the National Tsunami Center canceled the warning …

Scientists Use Tsunami Research to Help Alaska Communities Prepare

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been looking into the science behind tsunami risk for Alaska’s coastal communities. Tsunami modelers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, Elena Suleimani and Dmitry Nicolsky, recently shared their discoveries with …

New Tsunami Warning System Could Add Vital Minutes of Warning for Indonesia

Indonesia’s tsunami detection system, made up of seafloor sensors that communicate with transmitting buoys on the surface, has been rendered useless by vandals and lack of funding. Now Indonesian and U.S. scientists say they’ve developed a way to dispense with …

7.4 Earthquake off Coast of Fukushima Jolts Japan; Tsunami Alert Lifted

A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The magnitude 7.4 …

Washington Governor Wants Coordinated Earthquake, Tsunami Response Plan

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is directing several state agencies to work together to prepare for a coordinated plan in case of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Friday’s directive creates a subcabinet group of the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division …