Engineer Recounts How Indonesian Tsunami Beached His 500-Tonne Ship

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Tom Allard WANI, Indonesia, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Ship's engineer Charles Marlan had the unsettling sensation his vessel was being sucked out to sea, the telltale sign of an imminent tsunami, just minutes after a major earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday. His passenger and cargo vessel, the 500-tonne KM Sabuk Nusantara 39, was … [Read more...]

The High Price of Protecting Arctic Towns From Tsunamis and Icebergs

By Adam Popescu (Bloomberg) -- An island with a 3,893-foot granite mountain juts out of the icy ocean in Greenland’s Karrat Fjord. Beside icebergs the size of football fields lies the seaside village of Uummannaq, which served for centuries as an economic hub until it was abruptly wiped away. The area has been populated by Inuit people for about 5,000 years and became a … [Read more...]

Bitter Lessons of Japan’s 2011 Tsunami Put to Use With Latest Quake

By Elaine Lies TOKYO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Massive tsunami waves slammed into Japan's northeastern coast more than five years ago, killing about 18,000 people and prompting authorities to revise warning systems and evacuation plans to try to save more lives. On Tuesday, when a magnitude 7.4 quake hit the same area, the country swung into action, using lessons learned in the … [Read more...]

Tsunami Warning Issued After Large Earthquake Hits Off Fukushima, Japan

Tsunami Warning issued for Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Reports say a tsunami of 90cm has been observed at Onahama Port, Iwaki, Fukushima.  By Yuka Obayashi and William Mallard TOKYO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a … [Read more...]

New Science: Using Ships For Tsunami Warning

  by James Foster, University of Hawaii (TheConversation) Racing across ocean basins at speeds over 500 miles per hour, tsunamis can wreak devastation along coastlines thousands of miles from their origin. Our modern tsunami detection networks reliably detect these events hours in advance and provide warning of their arrivals, but predicting the exact size and … [Read more...]