A 7.7-magnitude earthquake off British Columbia triggered tsunami warnings for California, Alaska and Hawaii this weekend, though damage due to the event and its aftershocks ended up being minimal. Read more about why this earthquake was not related to our region’s predicted mega-quake, and why its effects are still unknown; ESS‘ John Vidale is quoted.
A review of oceanographic literature by Washington state researchers suggests Alaska could see the greatest mass of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan. WSG’s Ian Miller is a co-author; read more here!
A new study of the Seattle fault finds that the earthquake that happened over 1,000 years ago was bigger and more expansive than previously thought, unleashing tsunamis and landslides across the region. Recent UW grad Beth Arcos and ESS professor John Vidale are quoted. Read more here!
As flotsam from Japan’s 2011 tsunami is showing up on Pacific Northwest shores, it is carrying a host of invasive species. Scientists are busily categorizing these species, and thinking about what will happen next. Read more here.
Estimates vary widely of the flotsam that will wash upon the shores of countries across the Pacific Ocean from last year’s tsunami in northern Japan. Most of these estimates are too high, and are small change compared to the piles of garbage currently saturating our oceans, UW Artist in Residence Usha McFarling states in her op ed in the Los Angeles Times. Read more here.
A new online portal and iOS app, announced just a little over a year from the devastating tsunami in Tohoku, Japan, will help Oregon and Washington residents figure out whether they are in harm’s way should a tsunami hit. People can enter addresses and store and share evacuation routes for multiple locations. Oceanography’s Jan Newton is a key member of this project. Read more here!
This blog post has gathered news about the debris that has started to wash up on our shores from the Japanese tsunami of March 2011. Check it out for lots of links to other information.