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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

‘It’s about The Big One’: Amendment would give state Legislature broad powers in case of catastrophe

Constitutional amendment would expand legislative powers in catastrophic incidents.


Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima disaster

A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Experts say it’s only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a massive earthquake that generates a tsunami as much …


Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima’s melted reactor begins

The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone …


Officials: No tsunami expected from earthquake near Alaska

Officials say a large earthquake has struck in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, but a tsunami is not expected.


Indonesia searches for tsunami victims; death toll hits 373

Efforts to collect hundreds of bodies and save the injured were stepped up in Indonesia on Monday following the country’s latest tsunami, as scientists collected evidence on how a volcanic …


Tsunami hits without warning in Indonesia, killing over 220

At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018

At least 62 killed in Indonesia volcano-triggered tsunami

The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami that hit both sides of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait late Saturday has risen to 62, the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

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: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

Indonesia considers making devastated areas mass graves

Search teams pulled bodies from obliterated neighborhoods in the disaster-stricken Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday as more aid rolled in and the government said it was considering making devastated …


High above Indonesian city, a mass grave and many questions

PALU, Indonesia – From the mountain range, the bay was a sparkling blue and the small city huddled around it a mosaic of bright buildings and mosque minarets. Suddenly a …


Muslims pray for strength in quake-hit Indonesian city

The national disaster agency said the confirmed death toll from last Friday’s magnitude 7.5 earthquake increased slightly to 1,571.


Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier earthquake

A volcano erupted Wednesday on the same central Indonesian island struck last week by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, but no evacuations were ordered.


Aid slowly is trickling to Indonesian disaster-hit areas

Aid was slowly making its way into areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck a central Indonesian island, with one neighborhood’s residents clapping, cheering and high-fiving in their …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018

Indonesia tsunami toll tops 800 amid search for survivors

Rescue officials feared the full scale of Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami could climb far past the more than 800 already confirmed dead, as several large coastal towns remained cut off …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018

Indonesia tsunami toll tops 400 amid search for survivors

Rescuers were scrambling Sunday to try to find trapped victims in collapsed buildings where voices could be heard screaming for help after a massive earthquake in Indonesia spawned a deadly …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018

Indonesian quake and tsunami devastates coast; at least 48 dead

The powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia’s central Sulawesi has claimed many victims, a disaster official said Saturday, as rescuers raced to reach the region and an AP reporter …


Washington county gets new maps for tsunami planning

Skagit County officials in northwestern Washington have a new resource to help plan for potential big waves caused by large earthquakes along the West Coast.


State studying priorities to prepare for killer quake

State and local officials begin looking at a way to set priorities to brace the state against catastrophic quakes that are going to come at some point.


AccuWeather blames weather service for bogus tsunami warning

A private forecasting company took what was intended to be a routine National Weather Service test message and sent it to subscribers’ phones as an official tsunami warning Tuesday morning, …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

DNR: State’s forecasts for tsunamis are outdated and incomplete

Washington officials already have concluded that the state is woefully unprepared for a catastrophic earthquake, like the so-called “Big One” that’s expected to strike near the coast sometime in the …


Alaska quake shows complexity of tsunami warnings

The powerful earthquake that struck beneath the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday generated a tsunami, but before gauges could show that it was very small, warnings went out to a …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018

Big quake and tsunami fears rattle temblor-prone Alaskans

When it comes to earthquakes, Alaskans are major pros. But even they get rattled by the strong ones, as Tuesday’s early morning shaker proved.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018

Magnitude 7.6 quake hits in Caribbean north of Honduras

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and causing officials to warn people …


Oregon town’s ‘mooing’ tsunami-alert system turning 30

There was a time when the man behind Cannon Beach’s iconic “mooing” sirens was skeptical about the need for a tsunami warning system.


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 …


Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

An underwater robot captured images of lava-like lumps Thursday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear …


Team of researchers thinks dinosaurs were minutes away from surviving extinction

From our standpoint 66 million years later, it’s easy to assume the demise of the dinosaurs was an inevitability. But an international team of researchers is making a radical argument …


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.


Magnitude 7.2 quake hits near Fiji; tsunami alert issued

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit near the Fiji Islands, causing a tsunami warning for parts of the Pacific Ocean.