A beachcomber on British Columbias Haida Gwaii islands has discovered what may be the first piece of debris from the Japanese tsunami to arrive in Canada.
Peter Mark was riding his ATV, exploring an isolated beach on Graham Island on April 18, when he made a spectacular find.
“You just never know what youre going to stumble upon when you go for a drive, and lo and behold you just come across something thats out of this world,” he said.
Mark found a large white cube, like the back part of a moving truck, just below the high tide mark.
Read the rest of the story: Motorcycle washed up in B.C. may be Japanese tsunami debris.
Wide swaths of the Pacific coastline stretching from Honshu to Shikoku may be hit by tsunami over 20 meters high if a newly feared megaquake occurs in the Nankai Trough, a Cabinet Office panel warned Saturday.
The new warning comes after the panel revised its 2003 estimate to reflect new findings from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region’s coastline last year.
The 2003 report said no areas would see tsunami higher than 20 meters. The updated report is based on the assumption that the earthquake will have a magnitude of 9.0.
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Sometimes it is better to leave the TV off. This is how I have felt since Saturday, the day that Japan’s Cabinet Office chose to announce new predictions for earthquakes and tsunamis for which Japanese citizens “should make preparations.” From the shocking scale of death and devastation which the predictions intimate, however, the only “preparations” that would be practical, or even possible, would be life insurance and tombstones.
At a televised news conference, the long-haired academics on the government’s Central Disaster Management Council duly presented data and graphics (above, from the Yomiuri Shimbun) predicting a tsunami of 10 meters or higher could strike 11 prefectures, including Tokyo, and an earthquake with an intensity of 7—the highest level on the Japanese seismic scale—in the event of a “simultaneous triple quake” along the Nankai Trough. The “triple quake” refers to quakes in three sections of the trough, Tokai, Tonankai, and Nankai. The entire trough stretches from Suruga Bay along areas off Shikoku and Kyushu.
Read the rest of the story: BTW, Get Ready for a 34 Meter Tsunami.
With a fierce yell and a resounding thwack, 13-year-old Japanese student Nanami Usui brings her bamboo sword down on her opponent.
By practicing Kendo, or Japanese swordsmanship, Usui is one of several students in the town of Minamisanriku who are rebuilding their confidence after last year’s tsunami washed away their homes and shattered their hometown in the country’s northeast.
Usui says she dreams of being a police officer, but she doesn’t know yet where she wants to live and work.
“Most high school students here have dreams about their future careers,” she says, as she prepares to don her helmet and breastplate. “I suppose if you want to become a fisherman you can stay here, but if you want to do anything else, you have to leave this town.”
Read the rest of the story: Rethinking, Not Just Rebuilding, Japan’s Northeast.
A stunning video posted on YouTube captures the Japan tsunami ravaging the city of Kesennuma, located 300 miles northeast of Tokyo in Miyagi prefecture, was near the epicenter of the March 11 earthquake that triggered the tsunami. The magnitude-9 quake was the strongest ever to strike the nation.