Senators Introduce Tsunami Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s two U.S. senators are pushing legislation to help pay for tsunami debris cleanup on the West Coast. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, introduced the Tsunami Debris Cleanup Reimbursement Act on Thursday. If passed, it would give the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the … Continue reading »

Japanese Arch Washes Ashore

FLORENCE, Ore. — A second piece of a sacred Japanese arch washed on shore near Florence. Crews removed the latest piece Tuesday afternoon of what could be tsunami debris. The debris is believed to be the top part of a torii. It’s about 14 feet long and three feet wide. Someone found a similar piece … Continue reading »

Tsunami Dock’s Attraction Boosts Local Economy

NEWPORT, Ore. — Those headed to the coast to take a look at the dock that washed ashore on Tuesday are also stopping at local businesses to shop. Business owners KEZI 9 News spoke with in Newport say any time something washes ashore along the coast they see an increase in sales. They say the … Continue reading »

Dock Decision Still Looms

NEWPORT, Ore. — Oregon Parks and Recreation crews are still trying to decide what to do with that large dock that washed ashore near Newport. They have two options, either demolish it on site or pull it out to sea to salvage it. Estimates reveal either way would cost tens of thousands of dollars. “We … Continue reading »

Crews Remove Invasive Species from Washed Up Dock

NEWPORT, Ore. — Dislodged by disaster, a Japanese dock travels thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean and is now part of a scientific scramble. Researchers returned to Agate Beach Thursday morning to carefully clean the dock. Wednesday, the dock was covered with invasive species native to Japan latching on, but Thursday they were all … Continue reading »

Japanese Fridge Found on Beach

NEWPORT, Ore. — It seems other items from Japan are also washing up on the Oregon Coast. A viewer sent us pictures of a refrigerator she found on the beach just below the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Stefanie Sheava says her family was out near the jetty Memorial Day weekend and saw the fridge. At first … Continue reading »