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  • Big Northwest coastal quake likely but not soon

    Earlier this month, articles appeared in numerous publications about a massive earthquake that will someday hit the Northwest coast. Some scientists speculate this event will be so strong that it …


  • Tsunami warning for Aleutian Islands after 8.0 quake

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude-8.0 earthquake was widely felt in communities along Alaska’s sparsely populated Aleutian Islands on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage. Natasha Ruppert, …


  • 7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan

    TOKYO — An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a …


  • Japanese fish found alive in debris from 2011 tsunami

    LONG BEACH, Wash. — What a long, strange trip it’s been for a small striped fish native to Japan that apparently hitched a cross-Pacific ride in a small boat believed …


  • Quake off B.C. coast prompts tsunami warnings

    GOLDEN, Colo. — A magnitude-7.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of western Canada and a tsunami warning has been issued. There are no immediate reports of damage.


  • Tsunami debris arriving to waves of uncertainty

    WASHINGTON – West Coast residents are calling 911 to report tsunami debris they see coming ashore, but the operators don’t know what to say. When Sen. Maria Cantwell asked a …


  • Baseball waits as Mariners pay visit to devastated city

    ISHINOMAKI, Japan – Busing swiftly through the detritus of devastation is hardly a good way to get a feeling for the loss, in the space of a few hours, of …


  • House approves land swap for tribe

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved by an overwhelming margin a swap of federal land that will allow a small Northwest tribe to move its school and some homes out …


  • Coastal tribe seeking higher ground

    WASHINGTON – Members of a Washington state coastal tribe pleaded with a congressional panel Thursday to move them out of a tsunami zone and into a national park. “Without this …


  • Japan’s consul general praises Northwest for aid

    Soon after the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11, the Seattle office of the consul general of Japan was overwhelmed with messages of condolences from Northwesterners. In the weeks …


  • Tsunami left mark on Hawaii

    At least two major resorts remain shuttered on the island of Hawaii in the aftermath of the March 11 tsunami that damaged some hotels and beaches along the popular Kona …


  • EPA says radiation in milk no threat

    The detection of trace amounts of radioactive isotope iodine-131 this week in milk being sold in Spokane has raised anew questions about the extent of radiation exposure from the Japanese …


  • Radon in Spokane homes more of a risk than milk

    The detection of trace amounts radioactive isotope Iodine-131 this week in milk being sold in Spokane has raised anew questions about the extent of radiation exposure from the Japan nuclear …


  • Tsunami debris could wash ashore in Oregon

    Some debris from the tsunami that hit Japan could be washing onto Oregon beaches in about a year.


  • Experts say problems at Japanese reactors unlikely to affect Washington

    It’s possible that nuclear products released as a result of problems facing Japanese reactors will be detected in Washington, but highly unlikely that levels could affect human health on this …


  • ISU seeks new host for figure skating worlds

    LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Accepting that Tokyo could not host the World Figure Skating Championships next week, the sport’s governing body stepped up efforts Monday to find a new venue and …


  • Second partial meltdown likely under way

    IWAKI, Japan (AP) — An explosion shattered a building housing a nuclear reactor Saturday, amid fears of a meltdown, while across wide swaths of northeastern Japan officials searched for thousands …


  • Gonzaga grad in Japan feeling ‘really lucky’ despite devastation

    “The earthquakes just keep coming.” For recent Gonzaga University graduate Matthew Gilles, his dream job of teaching English to schoolchildren in Iwaki, on the northeast coast of Japan, has become …


  • Wheat farmers may feel impact

    Whether it’s revolution in the Middle East or an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, this year has already been tumultuous for the region’s wheat industry. Japan buys more Washington-grown wheat …


  • GU grad in Japan: ‘My body is shaking’

    “The earthquakes just keep coming.” For recent Gonzaga University graduate Matthew Gilles, his dream job teaching English to schoolchildren in Iwaki, on the northwest coast of Japan, has become something


  • Tsunami hits Hawaii; five swept to sea on West Coast

    SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A tsunami on Friday sank several boats in Brookings harbor, swept half a dozen other boats out to sea and washed into the ocean four people …


  • Vacationing SR reporter evacuated in Maui

    Spokesman-Review reporter Rebecca Nappi spent the night in a rented van with family members early Friday after being evacuated Thursday night from the South Maui condominium where the family was …


  • Mukogawa students unlikely to be greatly affected by quake

    Parent university located in west central Japan, where most students come from


  • Earthquake, tsunami devastate Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars …


  • Indonesia hit by deadly tsunami, volcanic eruption

    A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia — spasms from the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” which spawns disasters from deep within …


  • What if disaster struck?

    Two weeks ago, Hawaii came to a standstill when oceanographers warned that the Chilean earthquake could culminate in a killer tsunami. Residents and tourists cleared the beaches. Sirens blew. Families …


  • Tsunami races across Pacific; Hawaii blasts sirens

    EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — A tsunami triggered by the Chilean earthquake raced across the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, threatening Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast as well as hundreds …


  • Tsunami advisory extended to Washington coast

    EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — A tsunami advisory has been extended to include the states of Oregon and Washington and parts of Alaska, as well as coastal British Colombia.

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