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Japanese Tanker Shoko Maru Explodes and Burns, One Missing, Seven Injured

UPDATE: Between the effects of the explosion, fire, and water put aboard in firefighting the Shoko Maru subsequently sank. The 2,242 DWT Japanese product tanker, Shoko Maru, exploded and caught fire Thursday morning, local time, while anchored about 5 kilometers off … Continue reading

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Day of the Dolphin : Part 2 — Dolphin Slaughter Begins in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Despite domestic and international protest, the annual mass slaughter of bottlenose dolphins is underway in a cove near the Japanese village of  Taiji.  In 2010, The Cove, a documentary about the yearly slaughter, won the Academy Award last night for best feature … Continue reading

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Will Legendary Socotra Rock Be Latest International Flash Point?

On Sunday, the government of South Korea announced that it was extending its air defense zone to include Socotra Rock, a submerged pinnacle in the Yellow Sea.  The Korean air defense zone now overlaps with the air defense zones already … Continue reading

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Fighting Whaling in Court and in Port as Iceland Resumes Fin Whale Hunting

After a two year suspension, Iceland has resumed hunting endangered fin whales.  Photographs taken by undercover Greenpeace activists show a harpooned fin whale being cut up for meat, likely to be exported to Japan.  Meanwhile, environmentalists are fighting whaling in … Continue reading

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Chinese and Japanese Ships Contest Disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea

Things are getting tense again in the East China Sea, specifically between the Chinese and Japanese.  The dispute is over a small group of uninhabited islands that lie between Okinawa and Taiwan and are known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu … Continue reading

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PETITION: Challenge Japan to END Taiji Dolphin Hunt for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Bid

Every year in the village of Taiji, Japan there is a yearly hunt which results in the slaughter of over a thousand dolphins.  Despite international protest including a 2009 documentary film, the Cove, which graphically displayed the mass dolphin killing, and won … Continue reading

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Tension Rising in the South China Sea – Chinese Threatens to Board Ships, India and Vietnam Respond

Tensions are rising in the South China Sea, where at least a half dozen nations are asserting a jumble of overlapping claims of sovereignty, fishing and mineral rights.  China is now ramping up their claims by announcing that as of … Continue reading

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Update: Tsunami Floating Dock an Instant Tourist Attraction on Oregon’s Agate Beach

Earlier in the month, we posted about a a 66 feet long, 165 tonne, starfish and barnacle encrusted, steel and concrete floating dock that washed up on Agate beach, south-west of Portland, Oregon.  We were surprised to hear that the dock, torn free … Continue reading

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British Solo Rowers Sarah Outen & Charlie Martell Rescued from Tropical Cyclone Marwar

Tropical cyclone Marwar ended attempts by two solo British rowers to row across the Pacific this week.  Sarah Outen, 27, was attempting to traverse the globe using only human power, by either rowing, kayaking or cycling.   She began her … Continue reading

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70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea

Seventy yeas ago, the Japanese and navies of the United States and Australia fought the Battle of the Coral Sea in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and eastward from New Guinea in a series of naval battles from May … Continue reading

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One Year After the Tsunami – No.18 Kyotoku-maru, Remains As Tsunami Monument or Scar

One year ago today, the largest earthquake in Japan’s history, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, struck 70 miles offshore, triggering a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami that washed far inland smashing towns, airports and highways across the north-eastern Japanese coast. Over 16,000 people are known … Continue reading

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“Noah”, Japan’s Mini-Arks

Cosmo Power, a Japanese engineering company, has developed the “Noah” a four person mini-ark to help residents along Japan’s coast survive a future tsunami.  The “Noah” is  a four foot diameter bright yellow sphere made of fiber-reinforced plastic. It is self righting … Continue reading

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Japan Take Sea Shepherds to Court over Violence

Japan’s whaling authorities are suing the Sea Shepherds in US courts to attempt to stop the violence directed by the organization against the annual Japanese whale hunt.  The Sea Shepherds claim that the annual hunt is illegal, but prefer what they … Continue reading

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First Tsunami Flotsam Arrives on West Coast & Perfect Storm Flotsam Discovery in Ireland

Two stories about flotsam and ocean currents. The first flotsam from the earthquake and tsunami, which struck Japan on March 11, is beginning to arrive on the West Coast of the United States. A large black float, believed to have floated from Japan, was … Continue reading

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Of Waves and Whales – Whaling and the Tsunami

Within hours of the tsunami that struck northern Japan last March, the internet was abuzz with the somewhat bizarre suggestion that the earthquake and wave which followed might be some sort of cosmic retribution for Japanese whaling.  Regardless of what one thinks of that suggestion, … Continue reading

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Concerns Over Radiation Spread Faster than the Currents

My wife and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in a week by having dinner at Le Bernardin.  I had proposed in the Le Bernardin, when the restaurant was still in Paris, so it has always seemed a great place to celebrate anniversaries. … Continue reading

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Of Tsunamis and Seawalls

Recent articles on the power of the tsunami that recently struck Japan say a lot about  both the power of the tsunami waves and the challenges of trying to cope with a constant threat from the ocean.   Japan’s first line … Continue reading

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Washed Away: Three Tsunami-Swept Towns

We have previously posted about the destruction of the town of Minamisanriku by the tsunami, where 9,500 people are reported to be missing.  Other news reports now suggest that similar or greater numbers may be missing in the towns of  Kesennuma and Rikuzentakata. Washed … Continue reading

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U.S. 7th Fleet Moves Away from Stricken Nuclear Plants; Another Reactor Explosion

The US 7th fleet has moved away from the Fukushima nuclear power plants after helicopters from the carrier Ronald Reagan were exposed to an airborne radioactive plume.  Seventeen Navy personnel are being treated for what is described as “low levels of contamination.”   … Continue reading

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Pirates on Trial – Has the Game Changed?

The battle against piracy in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea may be changing.   This week Japan announced that  it would try four suspected pirates being held by the US Navy after they were captured attempting to hijack the Japanese owned tanker MV … Continue reading

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