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  • Cascadia Rising: A massive response by sea for a catastrophic quake

    Cascadia Rising drill includes delivery of vital supplies by sea when roads are destroyed.


  • Cascadia Rising: Practicing for the Big One

    Some 20,000 federal, state and local disaster officials and military personnel from around the Northwest and across the country are practicing for “the big one” – a cataclysmic quake off …


  • Supersized tsunamis once roiled ocean on Mars, scientists say

    Mars might have been a wilder water world than we thought. Scientists scanning the terrain have discovered signs of two massive tsunamis in the northern hemisphere – events that might …


  • Twin quakes kill at least 29 in south Japan; many trapped

    A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has struck southern Japan, barely 24 hours after a deadly quake hit the same region.


  • Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

    Japanese regulators on Wednesday approved the use of a giant refrigeration system to create an unprecedented underground frozen barrier around buildings at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt …


  • Powerful quake hits off Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

    A powerful, shallow earthquake hit off the southwestern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday and could trigger a tsunami, officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or …


  • Washington officials prepare for massive earthquake drill

    Though it’s still months away, officials in Washington are preparing for a massive, four-day earthquake and tsunami drill in June.


  • Report of Fukushima meltdown was delayed, Japan utility admits

    The operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Thursday it failed for two months to announce that meltdowns had occurred in the cores of three of the reactors.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


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