Ask the Meteorologist: Tsunamis

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Why do tsunamis form?” Mrs.  Schultz’s 6th grade class, St. Mary’s School in Medford Tsunamis can form from events that occur either above or below the water, but most of the time, they get their origins beneath the water’s surface.  The word is Japanese, meaning “harbor wave.”  Earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions … Continue reading »

Tsunami Drills for Florence Residents

NEWPORT, Ore. — Residents in Oregon coastal cities will be more prepared for a tsunami after participating in a series of drills today and tomorrow. Organizers distributed green packets to residents all over Florence, but mainly those in the inundation zone, which is the part of town closest to the water, that’s most likely to … Continue reading »

Oregon Residents Prepare for Earthquake

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Experts say the Southern Oregon coast may be overdue for a devastating earthquake. Yesterday Curry County residents met in Brookings for the Tsunami Road Show, a statewide disaster preparation class to learn what impact a natural disaster could have, and how to survive its after-effects. The earthquake risk comes from an offshore … 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 »

Debris From 2011 Japan Quake Wash Ashore

[UPDATE 2:20 pm.] The Oregon Park and Recreation Department announced Wednesday afternoon that the derelict boat that washed ashore should be removed by the end of the day. Drayton Excavation out of Lincoln City will remove the debris and safely dispose of it in a local landfill. Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and … Continue reading »

8.0 Earthquake off Solomon Islands

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific yesterday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the quake triggered a local tsunami, but did not threaten the wider region. The main quake was preceded by a 6.3 magnitude quake in the region and was followed by several others, the largest of … Continue reading »

5.3 Earthquake West of Coos Bay

OREGON — An earthquake rattled off the Southern Oregon Coast around 7:15 Tuesday night. It’s unlikely anyone felt the magnitude 5.3 quake; it happened 170 miles to the West of Coos Bay at a depth of 6.4 miles. Because of it’s magnitude, the Tsunami Warning Center says there’s no danger of tsunami’s from the earthquake.

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 »