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The Tsunami, the Trimaran and Transpac – Lending Club Damaged by Debris

We recently posted about the 83 year old yacht Dorade, which won the 2013 Transpac.  it was not however the first yacht across the finish line.  That honor goes to Lending Club, a racing trimaran; specifically an ORMA (Offshore Racing Multi-hull Association) 60 lengthened to … Continue reading

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Solomon Islands Earthquake Triggers Tsunami

A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific triggered a tsunami of up to 5 feet high, damaging several villages and leaving several people missing, presumed dead.   Five villages on Santa Cruz and neighboring islands were reported to have … Continue reading

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Fukushima – Radioactive Fish and US Sailors Exposed

The impact of  the meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukishima Daiichi power plant, hit by the following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, is still unfolding.  Last month it was revealed that fish caught near the crippled power plant were … Continue reading

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Great Barrier Reef Sea Floor Collapsing, Could Cause Tsunami

The world did not end of on 12/21/12 as some had predicted. Nevertheless, there are still a few things to worry about. Last week, marine geologists from Australia’s James Cook University warned that a one cubic kilometer slab  of the sea … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Tsunami Warning Lifted after 100,000 Evacuated to Higher Ground

While those of us on the East Coast of the United States have been watching the approach of the “superstorm” Hurricane Sandy, residents of the Hawaiian islands were under a tsunami warning following a a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Canada’s Pacific coastal … 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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Tsunami Dock Washes up on the Oregon Coast

A 66 feet long, 165 tonne, starfish and barnacle encrusted, steel and concrete floating dock has washed up on  Agate  beach, south-west of Portland, Oregon.  A plaque on the dock identifies it as coming from the port of Misawa in northern … Continue reading

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Japanese Fishing Trawler, Carried Away by Tsunami, Found Drifting Toward British Columbia

A 150′ foot long fishing trawler carried away last March by the tsunami off the east coast of Japan has been spotted drifting in the Pacific Ocean, 120 miles off Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada.  About 5 million tons of debris … 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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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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Was the Japanese Tsunami Good for Fin Whales in Iceland?

Time recently posted an article “Why Fukushima Is Good for Whales (in Iceland).” The article,  in fact, had almost nothing to do with the damaged nuclear power plants at Fukushima (at least as applied to whales) and quite a lot … Continue reading

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What the Tsunami Carried Away – Debris at Sea

For all the damage that the Japanese tsunami of March 11th left behind on shore,  it also carried considerable wreckage out to sea.   this week the Japanese Coast Guard warned ships to look out for and avoid the floating … Continue reading

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No. 18 Kyotoku-maru – the Ghost Ship of Kesennuma

“The newest landmark in the tsunami-stricken city of Kesennuma.” Ghost ship haunts tsunami-hit Japanese city The newest landmark in the tsunami-stricken city of Kesennuma is a massive fishing trawler that was swept up at sea and came to rest on … Continue reading

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Update: Wisdom, the Albatross, Survives Tsunami

Last week we posted about a Laysan albatross, nicknamed Wisdom, who, at at least 60, is the oldest known wild bird and who also recently became a mother again, delivering a healthy chick.   The BBC has now reported that while the tsunami killed … 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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How to Help Victims of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

A few sources:  Japan earthquake and tsunami: How to help How to help the victims of the Japan earthquake Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: How to Help

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The Power of Water – A Town Swept Away and Reactors Melting Down

The New York Times published an article this morning, The Destructive Power of Water, where it compares the force of a ten meter high tsunami wave to ”a hundred tanks coming across you. Even though it’s a fluid, it operates like a solid hammer.” … Continue reading

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