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Fukushima’s Radiation Effects: World Experts to Assess Impacts

Pre-eminent world experts on the effects of atomic radiation agree today to start an assessment of the radiological impact of the events, and provide scientific insight on the magnitude of the releases to atmosphere and to the ocean…

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Flotsam from 2011 Japan tsunami reaches Alaska

It’s been more than a year since a massive quake devastated northeast Japan, and the debris believed to be from that disaster is now washing up more than 4,000 miles away, on Alaska’s shores.

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Japan tsunami Debris Moves Towards US and Canada

The tsunami swept as much debris into the ocean in one day as is usually dumped in a year, threatening wildlife and the Pacific’s ecology. Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska should get much of the debris, while most of California might be protected by currents pushing objects back out to sea. Hawaii, however, is in line for several deposits of tsunami trash.

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Japan Sea Sediments Tell of Past Tohoku Quakes

Previous earthquakes that rivalled the March 2011 Tohoku tremor in size may be recorded in sediment samples just recovered from the seafloor off Japan’s coast.

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Radiation from Japan found in kelp off US West Coast

Radioactive iodine was found in kelp, sampled from coastal California, following last year’s earthquake-triggered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, according to a new study.

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Fukushima leak may have flowed into Pacific: TEPCO

About 12 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with the facility’s operator saying that some may have flowed into the Pacific Ocean.

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U.S. Coast Guard sinks Japanese boat washed away by tsunami

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter poured cannon fire into a Japanese ghost ship that had been drifting since last year’s tsunami, sinking the vessel in the Gulf of Alaska and eliminating the hazard it posed to shipping and the coastline.

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Sampling the Pacific for Signs of Fukushima

An international research team is reporting the results of a research cruise they organized to study the amount, spread, and impacts of radiation released into the ocean from the tsunami-crippled reactors in Fukushima, Japan.

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Japan Tsunami Holds Lessons for Pacific Northwest

The threat posed to coastal areas in the Pacific Northwest by massive tsunami flooding gained renewed attention after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and consecutive devastating tsunami that rapidly inundated coastal areas in Japan on March 11, 2011. Scientists say that a similar tsunami hit the Pacific Northwest coast in 1700, and it may happen again. 90 percent of the coastal region’s residents evacuated effectively in japan, but a same situation would likely play out differently in the Pacific Northwest.

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