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As Japan debris washes up in the US, scientists worry about break in natural order


Remnants from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami continue to arrive on the west coast, bringing exotic organisms with them.

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US Braces for Tsunami Debris, but Impact Unclear


More than a year after a tsunami devastated Japan, killing thousands of people and washing millions of tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. government and West Coast states don’t have a cohesive plan for cleaning up the rubble that floats to American shores.

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Official: Dock found in Oregon is debris from Japan


A nearly 70-foot-long dock that floated ashore on an Oregon beach was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year’s tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean.

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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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Small Earthquakes May Cause Surprisingly Big Tsunamis


Mysterious small tremors in the most earthquake-prone areas on Earth may be the cause of surprisingly large tsunamis, researchers say.

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Mexico Launches National Tsunami Warning System


The Mexican government on Tuesday launched a national tsunami system to monitor quakes around the world that could impact the country’s coastline.

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First-of-its-kind study reveals surprising ecological effects of earthquake and tsunami


The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that’s exactly what researchers have found on the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems wrought by sea level rise, a major symptom of climate change.

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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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