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)
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)
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.
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)