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Tsunami warning in Japan after Magnitude 7.3 hits near Fukushima
An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the area.

Tsunami warning in Japan after Magnitude 7.3 hits near Fukushima

An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the area.

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‘It shook for such a long time’: Minor tsunamis after powerful 7.3 earthquake strikes Japan’s devastated coastA strong earthquake Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year’s massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves but no immediate reports of heavy damage. Several people along the northeastern coast were reportedly injured and buildings in Tokyo and elsewhere swayed for several minutes.The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre was 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed and 240 kilometres (150 miles) offshore. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

‘It shook for such a long time’: Minor tsunamis after powerful 7.3 earthquake strikes Japan’s devastated coast
A strong earthquake Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year’s massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves but no immediate reports of heavy damage. Several people along the northeastern coast were reportedly injured and buildings in Tokyo and elsewhere swayed for several minutes.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre was 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed and 240 kilometres (150 miles) offshore. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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Huge Japanese dock washes up in Oregon 15 months after tsunami
A huge floating dock cast adrift by Japan’s killer tsunami has washed up on an Oregon beach, believed to be the biggest pieces of flotsam to make landfall on the U.S. West Coast so far.

The 66-foot (20-metre) long rectangular structure, made of concrete and metal, was spotted floating off the coast on Monday, and then washed in with the high tide on Agate beach, 100 miles (160 kilometres) southwest of Portland. (Photos: AFP/Getty Images; Reuters)

Japanese man’s Harley-Davidson turns up in B.C. after being swept away by tsunamiThe owner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that washed up on B.C.’s Haida Gwaii — a rusty remnant of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan a year ago — has been identified.Japanese media has identified the owner of the bike as 29-year-old Ikuo Yokoyama.“I’m very thankful that it came back,” he told local broadcaster NHK in Japanese. “I would like to thank the man who found my bike in person, but because it’s hard to do that, I’d like to thank him here right now.” (Photo: Screengrab from NHK World News)

Japanese man’s Harley-Davidson turns up in B.C. after being swept away by tsunami
The owner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that washed up on B.C.’s Haida Gwaii — a rusty remnant of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan a year ago — has been identified.

Japanese media has identified the owner of the bike as 29-year-old Ikuo Yokoyama.

“I’m very thankful that it came back,” he told local broadcaster NHK in Japanese. “I would like to thank the man who found my bike in person, but because it’s hard to do that, I’d like to thank him here right now.” (Photo: Screengrab from NHK World News)

Japanese teen’s soccer ball found in Alaska after tsunami swept it out to seaRetrieving a lost soccer ball is standard fare for many teenagers, but one Japanese schoolboy is getting his ball back all the way from Alaska, where it drifted following last year’s tsunami.Misaki Murakami, 16, lost his house and all its contents when the massive waves of last March crushed his hometown of Rikuzentakata in Japan’s northeast.But now, thanks to an observant beachcomber in the Gulf of Alaska, he is set to have his soccer ball returned to him, identified by the “good luck” messages scrawled on it by former schoolmates. (Photo: REUTERS/NOAA/David Baxter)

Japanese teen’s soccer ball found in Alaska after tsunami swept it out to sea
Retrieving a lost soccer ball is standard fare for many teenagers, but one Japanese schoolboy is getting his ball back all the way from Alaska, where it drifted following last year’s tsunami.

Misaki Murakami, 16, lost his house and all its contents when the massive waves of last March crushed his hometown of Rikuzentakata in Japan’s northeast.

But now, thanks to an observant beachcomber in the Gulf of Alaska, he is set to have his soccer ball returned to him, identified by the “good luck” messages scrawled on it by former schoolmates. (Photo: REUTERS/NOAA/David Baxter)

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Massive 8.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia, tsunami warning in place
n 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending residents around the region scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a huge tsunami as in 2004, but authorities said there were no reports suggesting a major threat.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Aceh, the Indonesian province closest to the earthquake.

The quake struck at 0838 GMT and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said soon afterward a tsunami watch was in effect for the entire Indian Ocean. It later said the threat of a big tsunami had receded, although the warning remained in place.

“It doesn’t look like a major tsunami. But we are still monitoring as tsunamis come in waves,” Victor Sardina, a geophysicist on duty at the Hawaii-based institute, told Reuters.

Individual countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, issued their own warnings. (Photos: AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Coast Guard sinks Japanese ‘ghost ship’ off Alaska coast
The U.S. Coast Guard, firing repeated machine-gun blasts from one of its cutters, on Thursday scuttled an abandoned Japanese “ghost ship” that had been washed out to sea near Alaska by last year’s devastating tsunami.

The derelict fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru, which posed a threat to other marine traffic, sank at about 6:15 p.m. local time (0215 GMT on Friday), nearly five hours after the Coast Guard first opened fire on the ship, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow told Reuters.

“It’s confirmed,” he said. “The vessel has been sunk and is no longer a navigational hazard in the area.” (Photos: U.S. Coast Guard handout/Reuters)

U.S. Coast Guard to sink Japanese ‘ghost ship’ adrift off Alaskan shores
An unmanned Japanese fishing vessel that was cast adrift following last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami has likely seen its last day as the U.S. Coast Guard makes plans to sink the vessel as it nears the shores of Alaska.

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter vessel was en route to Japanese ship’s location Wednesday night and the rusted vessel could be sent to the bottom as early as Thursday. (Photos: U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis/Reuters)

‘Ghost ship’ spotted of B.C. coastAfter a rusty “ghost ship” was spotted last week by off the coast of Haida Gwaii, Canadian authorities have now officially confirmed that debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami is approaching Canadian waters.“It’s been drifting across the Pacific for a year, so it’s pretty beat up,” said marine search co-ordinator Jeff Olsson of Victoria’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.Air crews swooped down to survey the decks and signal any potential occupants — but received no replies. Canadian authorities used the vessel’s hull numbers to track down its Japanese owner, who confirmed nobody was aboard. “We know nobody’s in danger,” Mr. Olsson said.

‘Ghost ship’ spotted of B.C. coast
After a rusty “ghost ship” was spotted last week by off the coast of Haida Gwaii, Canadian authorities have now officially confirmed that debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami is approaching Canadian waters.

“It’s been drifting across the Pacific for a year, so it’s pretty beat up,” said marine search co-ordinator Jeff Olsson of Victoria’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

Air crews swooped down to survey the decks and signal any potential occupants — but received no replies. Canadian authorities used the vessel’s hull numbers to track down its Japanese owner, who confirmed nobody was aboard. “We know nobody’s in danger,” Mr. Olsson said.

Japanese fishing boat lost in tsunami nears B.C. coastAfter being flushed out to sea by last year’s massive tsunami and earthquake, a Japanese squid-fishing boat has drifted across the Pacific Ocean and is now moving in on British Columbia’s north coast.The 150-foot ship is drifting right-side-up about 140 nautical miles (260 kilometres) from Cape Saint James on the southern tip of Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.“It’s been drifting across the Pacific for a year, so it’s pretty beat up,” said marine search coordinator Jeff Olsson of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. (Photo: Department of National Defence)

Japanese fishing boat lost in tsunami nears B.C. coast
After being flushed out to sea by last year’s massive tsunami and earthquake, a Japanese squid-fishing boat has drifted across the Pacific Ocean and is now moving in on British Columbia’s north coast.

The 150-foot ship is drifting right-side-up about 140 nautical miles (260 kilometres) from Cape Saint James on the southern tip of Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.

“It’s been drifting across the Pacific for a year, so it’s pretty beat up,” said marine search coordinator Jeff Olsson of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. (Photo: Department of National Defence)

B.C. towns preparing to handle incoming debris from last year’s Japan tsunami
As search crews continue to scour the Japanese coast in search of victims from the March, 2011 tsunami, consular officials have begun preparing B.C. towns for the day briefcases, hairbrushes and photographs begin washing up on their beaches.

“If they are valuable or personal items and they are clearly recognizable as coming from Japan, then we would like to know exactly what they are,” Kinji Shinoda, deputy consul-general of Japan in Vancouver, told Postmedia.

Japanese pop bottles, fishing floats and buoys have always seen washing up along Vancouver Island, but in recent months locals have increasingly reported discoveries of lumber, bottles and fuel drums emblazoned with Japanese characters. “We’ve certainly seen an increase in material coming from Japan,” said Ucluelet mayor Bill Irving.

Strong earthquake hits northeastern Japan, causes tsunamiA tsunami hit Japan’s northeastern coastline on Wednesday, officials said, after a strong earthquake rocked the region almost exactly a year on from the country’s worst post-war natural disaster.A 6.9-magtinude quake struck 26.6 kilometres below the seabed off the northern island of Hokkaido in the Pacific at 6:08 pm local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Strong earthquake hits northeastern Japan, causes tsunami
A tsunami hit Japan’s northeastern coastline on Wednesday, officials said, after a strong earthquake rocked the region almost exactly a year on from the country’s worst post-war natural disaster.

A 6.9-magtinude quake struck 26.6 kilometres below the seabed off the northern island of Hokkaido in the Pacific at 6:08 pm local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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See how Japan has rebuilt since the earthquake and tsunami
Japan’s Reconstruction Agency will be inaugurated Friday, almost 11 months after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. The agency will streamline the process to help municipalities, set up special reconstruction zones and provide subsidies for disaster-hit local governments. More photos here.
(Photos via AFP/Getty Images)

Japan tsunami debris hitting B.C. shores in ecological red flag for West Coast beachesJapanese lumber and household goods have begun appearing on the British Columbia coast in what many locals think is the vanguard of a wave of debris from last March’s Japanese tsunami that will eventually clog West Coast beaches with cars, boats and even waterlogged houses.“I found more debris in 10 minutes than I have in four years … and it’s all Japanese in origin,” said Perry Schmunk, Mayor of Tofino, a community of 1,600 on the west coast of Vancouver Island.“The ocean’s very turbulent, you can’t just predict where something is going to go. It’s like trying to trace cigarette smoke in a room,” said Jody Klymak, an assistant professor of oceanography at the University of Victoria.

Japan tsunami debris hitting B.C. shores in ecological red flag for West Coast beaches
Japanese lumber and household goods have begun appearing on the British Columbia coast in what many locals think is the vanguard of a wave of debris from last March’s Japanese tsunami that will eventually clog West Coast beaches with cars, boats and even waterlogged houses.

“I found more debris in 10 minutes than I have in four years … and it’s all Japanese in origin,” said Perry Schmunk, Mayor of Tofino, a community of 1,600 on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

“The ocean’s very turbulent, you can’t just predict where something is going to go. It’s like trying to trace cigarette smoke in a room,” said Jody Klymak, an assistant professor of oceanography at the University of Victoria.

Photos: Japan tsunami, a timeline of the aftermath Japanese photo agency Kyodo documented several sites of the Tsunami that hit Japan in March, 2011 in three month intervals leading to the six-month anniversary. Photo: An area of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, March 16, 2011 (top) after the area was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and its aftermath taken June 3, 2011 and Sept. 1, 2011, (bottom). (Reuters/Kyodo)

Photos: Japan tsunami, a timeline of the aftermath
Japanese photo agency Kyodo documented several sites of the Tsunami that hit Japan in March, 2011 in three month intervals leading to the six-month anniversary.

Photo: An area of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, March 16, 2011 (top) after the area was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and its aftermath taken June 3, 2011 and Sept. 1, 2011, (bottom). (Reuters/Kyodo)