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Fishing boat lost in Japan tsunami reaches Canada

A fishing boat lost in the massive Japanese tsunami a year ago has turned up off Canada’s west coast. The ship is the first, and largest, item confirmed to have crossed the Pacific Ocean to North America from Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

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Earthquakes Jolted Japan’s Coast

A 6.1 earthquake, which caused substantial shaking in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures east of Tokyo, followed just a few hours after a magnitude 6.8 quake jolted northern Japan. A tsunami warning was issued but later lifted after that earthquake.

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The Seafloor Focuses and Merges Tsunami Waves

Scientists have known for years that the shape of the seafloor plays a role in how tsunami waves build up as they approach the coastline. A year after the earthquake and tsunami, rebuilding Japan’s coastal cities to withstand tsunamis remains a challenge.

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What Have Scientists Learned About the 2011 Japan Quake Cause and Consequences?

The last time something remotely similar had happened was more than 1,000 years ago and, even in a country that prides itself on its shared cultural memory of the distant past, that event had been largely forgotten. Since that time, much has changed. People and development have sprung up along the coast, along with a string of nuclear reactors. Everything, it seemed, had changed in the intervening millennium, except the ocean…

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Midway Atoll Expecting Japan Tsunami Debris Soon

Japanese debris swept into the ocean by last year’s massive earthquake-caused tsunami is still likely a year away from washing up in Hawaii, but people at Midway are expecting some soon. Scientists have deployed hundreds of high-tech devices to help monitor the path of the debris, which could be hazardous to ships, marine life and coastlines.

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Fukushima One Year On: Poor Planning Hampered Fukushima Response

An independent investigation panel has highlighted the country’s failures in disaster planning and crisis management for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, following a tsunami that should have been anticipated.

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1-5 Percent of Tsunami Debris Could Reach N. America

Ocean current expert plans to discuss Tuesday at a news conference, latest estimates for where the 3 to 4 million tons of debris dragged into the ocean by last year tsunami in Japan, is and when it may wash ashore. 20 million to 25 million tons of debris was generated altogether, including what was left on land.

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New Study Confirms Low Levels of Fallout from Fukushima

Fallout from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power facility in Japan was measured in minimal amounts in precipitation in the United States in about 20 percent of 167 sites sampled in a nationwide study released today. A USGS study.

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Japan Clears up Only 5% of Tsunami Rubble

Japan has cleared up just five percent of the rubble left by last year’s earthquake and tsunami, amid fears it has been contaminated following the Fukushima nuclear accident. The disasters which devastated the northeastern coastal communities last year, left almost 23 million tonnes of rubble in the hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima alone.

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