8.0 Earthquake Triggers Minor Tsunami

An 8.0 earthquake registered off the Solomon Island chain in the South Pacific early Wednesday (UTC). Five people have been reported dead and several others were injured. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that impacted some inhabited areas of the Solomon Islands. There were reports of a 3-foot wave moving ashore and damaging structures. Many 4.0-6.6 … Continue reading »

Residents React to Tsunami Advisory

FLORENCE, Ore. — The National Weather Service (NWS) said the earthquake that rattled off the western coast of Canada will not generate a tsunami. Saturday night, there were some threats to British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii and even an advisory for parts of the Oregon Coast. The Oregon Coast is now in the clear, but … Continue reading »

Fishermen Concerned about Tsunami Debris

NEWPORT, Ore. — Now that the dock washed ashore near Newport, local fishermen worry what other debris they might encounter out at sea. The Newport fishermen KEZI 9 News spoke with say they were surprised to see how large the dock is. They say they’ve seen plenty of debris recently while they’ve been out fishing, … 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 »

Dock from Tsunami in Japan Washes Ashore near Newport

NEWPORT, Ore. — A little more than a year ago a devastating tsunami hit Japan and destroyed towns, homes and lives.  Now, evidence of the destruction is washing up on Oregon shores. A dock, confirmed to be from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan, washed up on Agate Beach just north of Newport. “Well, I’m … Continue reading »

Tsunami Debris from Japan May Hit Oregon Coast Soon

NEWPORT, Ore. — State and federal agencies, along with nonprofit groups, met Tuesday to start putting together a plan for how to deal with the debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan if and when it shows up along the Oregon Coast. Park rangers clean up items that have washed up ashore here along the … Continue reading »

Remapping Oregon Tsunami Evacuation Zones

March 12, 2011 By Stacia Kalinoski EUGENE, Ore. — Communities across the Oregon coast headed for higher ground Friday morning after tsunami warnings were issued. But now an Oregon coastal geologist is revamping the way Oregon residents would evacuate their homes and businesses. Oregon coastal geologists have been making tsunami evacuation maps since the mid … Continue reading »

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