Japanese Boat Washes Ashore Along Coast

FLORENCE, Ore. — An abandoned 24′ non-motorized boat was removed from the ocean shore near Muriel Ponsler Wayside north of Florence on Thursday. It was taken to a local landfill by Leisure Excavating. When the boat was found, no pollution or hazardous materials were detected but there was marine life clinging to the debris. Some … Continue reading »

Scientists Keep Eye on Coastline

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Marine scientists at Oregon State University are keeping an eye on the Coast for the possible spread of plant and animal life carried by debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Docks that washed ashore last summer at Newport’s Agate Beach carried a non-native species. Most were scraped off and destroyed. The invasive … Continue reading »

Relief Money To Go To Debris Clean-Up

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal disaster relief package, earmarked for victims of Superstorm Sandy, will also include money to help clear West Coast beaches of debris from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. It is unclear at this point how much of the relief money will go to the West Coast. Alaska’s two senators requested … Continue reading »

New Tsunami-Related Debris Sighted

MAUI, Hawaii — A second dock, from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, is visible floating off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. A scientist believe it is one of the four missing docks that broke away during the disaster. Another one of the four washed up on Agate Beach earlier this year, pictured … Continue reading »

Groups Join to Clean Oregon Coast

Four non-profit groups will work together to rid the Oregon coast of tsunami debris washing ashore from Japan. The Oregon Marine Debris Team say it plans to create a data base of people who can monitor the coast, report any debris and help clean it up. Volunteers near Lincoln city report finding items such as … Continue reading »

Underwater Tsunami Damage Slowing Crescent City Salvage Efforts

March 20, 2011 By Steven Sandberg CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — The damage on the surface of the Crescent City harbor is being cleared away, but salvage teams say the damage underwater is still immense. “We’ve got a cluster of boats,” said Danny Broadhurst of Global Diving and Salvage. “About four of them, and one’s on … Continue reading »

Tsunami Damage: One Week Later

March 18, 2011 By Erin Maxson CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — One week after a series of tsunami waves pummeled the coast, debris is being lifted from the harbor; boats are also rising from the sea floor. Crews in the Crescent City harbor are pushing debris in the water towards the excavator so it can pick … Continue reading »

Japan Tsunami Hits Southern Oregon & Northern California Coasts

March 11, 2011 Hundreds of people are dead and hundreds more missing after a massive earthquake struck northern Japan; millions are still without power. While across the Pacific Ocean, tsunami-warning sirens blare as boats drift silently without captains; the harbors in Brookings and Crescent City all but destroyed. Door-to-door evacuations started in crescent city very … Continue reading »

Tsunami Impacts Southern Oregon & Northern California Harbors

The devastating tsunami that swept through Japan in March 2011 made national headlines, but it also struck close to home to costal towns in Southern Oregon and Northern California. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake struck about 130 kilometers east of Sendai, Japan. The largest earthquake to ever hit Japan triggered a massive tsunami, … Continue reading »