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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances

Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Massive boom will corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash

Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 7:09 a.m.

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes off Oregon Coast; no damage reported

The quake, which was about 165 miles from land, was felt along coastal towns in Oregon as well as Salem, according to reports submitted to the U.S. Geological Service.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Hurricane Lane, packing 150 mph winds, presents rare direct threat to Hawaii

Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm, is expected to make a dangerously close encounter with the Hawaiian Islands over the next several days.

Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest

An endangered orca is still clinging to her dead calf more than two weeks after her newborn died.

First Pacific hurricane of 2018 explodes to Category 4

The 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane season has begun with a blast.

Human remains found near spot where SUV plunged off cliff

A Northern California resident found a pair of jeans and human remains inside a girl’s shoe on a beach near the spot where a woman drove her large family off …

Gov. Inslee wants Washington removed from drilling plan

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove Washington, along with the entire Pacific coastline, from a list of proposed sites for potential offshore oil and …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Ships, aircraft search Philippine Sea for 3 missing in U.S. Navy plane crash

Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.

Sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific on tsunami debris

Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers …

Boat takes on water near Coos Bay; Coast Guard rescues 2

The U.S Coast Guard rescued two people after a fishing vessel took on water near Coos Bay.

Plan to protect salmon backfires as predator birds flee

A plan to protect young salmon by killing double-crested cormorants on an Oregon island has backfired after the birds fled the area halfway through their nesting season.

Razor clam digging closed for month at Oregon beaches

Oregon officials have ordered razor clam digging be closed for the remainder of May due to high levels of a marine toxin being found in the clams.

Forecasts for this past winter were mostly awful. Blame the fickle Pacific Ocean.

Predicting the weather for winter many weeks before it begins is hard. If any season proved there is a long way to go in perfecting such long-term outlooks, this winter …

Commercial fisheries disaster opens door to federal relief for Washington communities

Commercial fishing communities along the central coast of Washington and some areas of Puget Sound are eligible for federal disaster funding because of poor fishing in 2015 and 2016. Commerce …

Search resumes for father, toddler swept into ocean by wave

The Coast Guard says it has resumed a search for a father and his young son after a wave swept them to sea from an Oregon beach.Coast Guard Petty Officer …

Tsunami warning is lifted after strong earthquake strikes near Fiji

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near Fiji Wednesday morning, prompting a tsunami warning and evacuations in some parts of the country’s main island.

Coast Guard, Canada Navy seize 26 tons of cocaine in Pacific

More than 26 tons of cocaine worth at least $715 million was brought ashore Thursday in Florida following multiple recent seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian …

Two earthquakes recorded off Oregon coast

Two earthquakes have been recorded off Oregon’s central coast.

Razor clam dig along Washington coast canceled

State officials have closed razor clam digging at Twin Harbors in response to high levels of marine toxins.

Coast Guard rescues fisherman after vessel hits object

The Coast Guard rescued a commercial fisherman after his vessel hit a submerged object near the Westport Marina and began taking on water.

Vibrant U.S. marine reserve now a coral graveyard

El Nino’s super warm water has turned what had been one of the world’s most lush and isolated tropical marine reserve into a coral graveyard, federal scientists said Wednesday.

Suspected shark attack halts swimming at California beach

Thousands of Memorial Day beachgoers were kept out of the water Monday as lifeguards searched miles of popular Southern California shoreline for a shark they believe attacked a swimmer the …

Ocean ‘robot’ to help identify toxic algae off Washington

After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are turning to a new tool that could provide an early warning of …

Health officials close shellfish harvest

Health officials have closed the recreational harvest for all molluscan shellfish on beaches in northern Washington state.

NOAA Fisheries bans new commercial fishing for forage fish

The federal government has finalized a West Coast ban on new commercial fishing for forage fish, the small fish that bigger fish, seabirds and marine mammals depend on for food.

Ocean salmon fishing closure mulled for this summer

State, federal and tribal officials are considering closing all salmon fishing off the Washington and northern Oregon coasts in 2016 to protect weak runs of wild coho.

One-fish limit mulled for Buoy 10 season

State officials are considering limiting anglers at Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River to one salmon per day in 2016 in an attempt to keep fishing open …

El Nino could be the most powerful on record, scientists say

LOS ANGELES – A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years, surpassing the temperatures during the record 1997 El Nino. Some …