NYK Line’s New Tsunami Alert System Warns Vessels of Impending Danger

We have all heard that tsunamis pass harmlessly beneath ships at sea, and that their true force doesn’t present itself until the seafloor rises to force the wave up and onto land. That is, until we saw this video shot aboard a Japanese Coast Guard ship following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake... Now, just over two years later, NYK Line says it is launching a … [Read more...]

Fukushima Plant Leaked 120 Tons of Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean

How much radioactive waste has leaked into the pacific ocean? Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) said thousands of gallons of highly radioactive water has leaked from an underground pool at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant and may have seeped into the soil. Tepco estimates about 120 tons (32,280 gallons) of radioactive water has escaped, company spokesman … [Read more...]

Hawaiian Fishermen Discover Dangerous Piece of Tsunami Debris

The Hawaiian fishermen were lucky they discovered this massive piece of Japanese tsunami debris when they did, because had it been night, the results could have been disastrous. For the past year and a half, this dock has been circling around in the northern Pacific gyre like a bullet in a game of Russian roulette, and it had finally found itself near the Hawaiian island of … [Read more...]

Japanese Soccer Ball Floats Across North Pacific Following Tsunami, Owner Identified

By Doug Helton, NOAA More than a year and thousands of miles later, a soccer ball that had been washed away during the Japan tsunami, turned up on Middleton Island, in the Gulf of Alaska.  Local beachcomber David Baxter found the soccer ball as well as a volleyball with Japanese writing on both of them.  Remarkably, both owners been identified. The soccer ball's owner, 16 … [Read more...]

‘Tsunami Ghost Ship’ No More – USCG Sinks Derelict Vessel [VIDEO]

After surviving one the most devastating earthquake and tsunami ever recorded and a full year unmanned and adrift on the world's largest ocean, the Ryou-Un Maru, aka the Tsunami Ghost Ship, has finally met its demise at the hands of the U.S. Coast Guard. The derelict squid fishing vessel-turned ghost ship was first spotted by the Canadian coast guard more than a week ago … [Read more...]