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8.2 Chile Quake: 6 Die, 300 Women Escape Prison

Cops battle looters as thousands flee coast

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Chileans have fled their homes for higher ground after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake caused 8-foot waves, power outages, fires, and landslides, the BBC reports. At least six people have been killed, which the AP notes is "a remarkably low toll for such a powerful... More »

6-Foot Waves Hit Chile After 8.2 Quake

Hawaii could possibly see a tsunami, but no watch or warning issued yet

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast tonight, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami; waves measuring almost 6.5 feet already were striking cities on the coast, and authorities said a tsunami was expected to come ashore later. There were... More »

Man Learns to Scuba Dive to Search for Wife's Remains

Yasuo Takamatsu's wife was lost in the 2011 Japan tsunami

(Newser) - On a chilly morning last weekend, a 57-year-old Japanese man adjusted his diving mask before heading out to sea from the tsunami-hit northeast coast, but he wasn't doing it for fun: Yasuo Takamatsu is learning to scuba dive in hopes of finding the remains of his wife. As Japan... More »

Bizarre Tsunami Ghost Stories Haunt Japan

But is the country's cult of ancestors behind it all?

(Newser) - An unusual outbreak has struck Japan in the wake of the 2011 tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people—of ghosts, possessions, and exorcisms. Reverend Kaneda, the top priest at a Zen temple, says he personally exorcised several people who had been invaded by the spirits of tsunami victims, writes... More »

Japan's Nuclear Cleanup Enters Critical New Phase

Fuel-rod transfer poses serious danger

(Newser) - Teams working at the Fukushima power station are facing a critical—and extremely dangerous—new task: pulling 13-foot nuclear fuel rods from the Unit 4 structure slammed by the tsunami. "It's going to be very difficult, but it has to happen," an official tells the BBC . To... More »

Tsunami Study Has Bad News for SoCal

Low-lying areas face disaster; 750K would have to evacuate

(Newser) - The US Geological Survey has simulated the effects of a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off Alaska—and for southern California, the results could be disastrous. Some 750,000 would need to evacuate coastal areas within a matter of hours as floods spread in Long Beach and Orange County, the Los Angeles ... More »

Scientists: Freak NJ Wave Was Rare Tsunami

Offshore storms blamed for 6-foot wall of water

(Newser) - Tsunamis aren't generally cited as one of the hazards of living in New Jersey, but scientists say one hit the state's coast earlier this month. Experts believe the 6-foot wall of water that hit the coastal community of Barnegat Light, seriously injuring a boy and his father, was... More »

New Threat in Himalayas' Glacial Melt: Tsunamis

Villagers could have just minutes' warning

(Newser) - Tsunamis can occur far from the ocean, and climate change is increasing the risk of disaster in one of the more unlikely places on Earth: the Himalayas. Lakes are forming more frequently in the area thanks to glacial melting, and when a natural dam breaks—due to erosion, water pressure,... More »

Quakes Shake Russia's Far East, Northern California

8.0 and 5.7, respectively

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake has hit Russia's Far East with slight tremors spreading westwards as far as Moscow. Marina Kolomiyets, spokeswoman for Obninsk's seismic station of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said today the epicenter was in the Sea of Okhotsk, east of the Russian coast and north of... More »

26-Foot Tsunami Could Hit California

Study looks at Cascadia Subduction Zone fault

(Newser) - It's a frightening scenario: An infamous 620-mile fault located off the West Coast generates an 8.0-magnitude earthquake; it triggers a 26-foot tsunami that strikes northern California. According to a new study, that series of events is a real possibility, and would threaten more than a quarter of a... More »

Washington Starts Dismantling Tsunami Dock

185-ton structures washed ashore from Japan

(Newser) - The 2011 Japanese tsunami washed an estimated 5 million tons of debris into the ocean, and two years later, one small chunk of that is being dismantled in Washington state. Workers have begun taking apart a 185-ton, 65-foot-long dock that washed ashore in a hard-to-reach area of Olympic National Park,... More »

Japan Marks 2 Years Since Quake, Tsunami

300K still displaced as recovery continues

(Newser) - Japan fell silent today to mark the second anniversary of the country's worst natural disaster in living memory, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 19,000 people dead or missing and devastated large areas along its northeast coast. "I pray that the peaceful lives of those affected... More »

Alaska Coast Like a 'Landfill' 2 Years After Tsunami

Hawaii, British Columbia not sitting much prettier

(Newser) - We're about a month away from the two-year anniversary of the earthquake that spawned Japan's devastating tsunami . Saying its effects linger far from Japanese shores is an understatement, per some recent reports:
  • In Alaska: "You're basically standing in landfill out here," says the head of
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2 More Big Quakes Hit Tsunami-Ravaged Solomons

But no more tsunami warnings issued

(Newser) - Strong aftershocks rattled the Solomon Islands today, hampering relief efforts to tsunami-ravaged villages and forcing the South Pacific nation's prime minister to forgo a visit to the stricken area, where nine deaths have been confirmed. Officials were already struggling to reach the isolated region when a magnitude-6.6 aftershock... More »

Brits Planned Ships Made of Ice During WWII

And New Zealand tested underwater 'Tsunami Bombs'

(Newser) - Winston Churchill was so afraid of Nazi submarines targeting supply ships during WWII that he flirted with building aircraft carriers out of sheer ice, New Scientist reports. Knowing Britain could starve without US supplies, he approved a test project aimed at delivering 2,000-foot-long ice ships with 40-foot hulls that... More »

7.3 Earthquake, Small Tsunami Hit Japan

Quake hit in same region as last year's major quake

(Newser) - A strong earthquake struck this morning off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year. A city in the region reported that a small tsunami had hit, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Officials... More »

6.2 Earthquake Strikes Off Japan

No immediate reports of damage

(Newser) - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck early today off the eastern coast of Japan. The tremor, which rumbled 5.6 miles deep, was located 60 miles from Miyako, reports CNN . The quake struck just a year and a half after a massive 9.0 quake triggered a huge tsunami off... More »

7.4 Quake Hits Off El Salvador

Tsunami alert issued, rescinded

(Newser) - A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck last night off the coast of El Salvador triggered a tsunami alert that was soon rescinded, reports AP . There were no immediate reports of damage or injury from the quake or from a small tsunami that hit the El Salvador port of Acajutla... More »

Crazy Video Captures Glacier Tsunami

Boat nearly capsizes in video shot by Jens Møller

(Newser) - Greenland native Jens Møller snagged some incredible video on a recent trip to a glacier, when a huge chunk broke off into the ocean and produced a frighteningly large wave that nearly capsized the boat he was on. Fortunately, Møller's uncle had already started steering the 18-foot... More »

Major Quake Looms for Ill-Prepared Oregon

'Oregon is not ready,' says an expert

(Newser) - Oregon is sitting on a ticking time bomb, and stands a 40% chance of getting hit by a major earthquake—possibly as big as the one that hit Japan last year—in the next half-century, according to an ominous new report out of Oregon State University. Adding to concern: Shaking... More »

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