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Fukushima radioactive particle release was significant, says new research

Scientists say there was a significant release of radioactive particles during the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident. The researchers identified the contamination using a new method and say if the particles are inhaled they could pose long-term health risks to humans.

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Tsunamis could cause beach tourism to lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year

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Apr
14

European tourists are more frequently going to places all over the world with significant tsunami risk, researchers have found. A global tourism destination risk index for tsunamis was released on April 12, at the 2018 Annual Conference of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna.

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Could underwater sound waves be the key to early tsunami warnings?

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Jan
25

Mathematicians have devised a way of calculating the size of a tsunami and its destructive force well in advance of it making landfall by measuring fast-moving underwater sound waves, opening up the possibility of a real-time early warning system.

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Seafloor sediments appear to enhance earthquake and tsunami danger in Pacific Northwest

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Nov
20

The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has all the ingredients for making powerful earthquakes—and according to the geological record, the region is due for its next “big one.”

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Scientists find new source of radioactivity from Fukushima disaster: in sand and groundwater

Scientists have found a previously unsuspected place where radioactive material from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster has accumulated—in sands and brackish groundwater beneath beaches up to 60 miles away. The sands took up and retained radioactive cesium originating from the disaster in 2011 and have been slowly releasing it back to the ocean.

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Ecological roulette”: Sea creatures hitchhike across Pacific on tsunami debris

Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States. It is the largest and longest marine migration ever documented.

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A Magnitude-8.1 quake registered off Mexico’s southern coast

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Sep
8

The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in a century struck off the country’s southern coast. A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 3 feet (1 meter).

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Forgotten archives reveal street-level impact of 1918 Puerto Rico earthquake and tsunami

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Jul
5

Repair petitions filed in the wake of the 1918 Puerto Rico earthquake and tsunami, stored and forgotten in the San Juan archives for nearly 100 years, are giving scientists a house-by-house look at the damage wrought by the magnitude 7.3 event.

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Japanese slow earthquakes could shed light on tsunami generation

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Jun
16

Understanding slow-slip earthquakes in subduction zone areas may help researchers understand large earthquakes and the creation of tsunamis, according to researchers who used data from instruments placed on the seafloor and in boreholes east of the Japanese coast.

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