Latest Historic tsunamis Stories

2005-04-01 06:58:09

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan on Thursday launched a stop-gap plan for alerting Indian Ocean nations of impending tsunami: it will send them a fax within half an hour, an official said. After the Dec. 26 Asian tsunami, Japan and the United States - the world's most advanced in tsunami warnings - have said they will monitor earthquakes and tsunami in the Indian Ocean and notify countries until a new regional network is up and running. Using data from its seismographs and buoys in the Indian Ocean,...

2004-12-30 08:15:00

Tsunami scientists and public safety officials are closely watching an earthquake-prone nation with thousands of miles of crowded coastlines for signs of an imminent disaster. Indonesia? Japan? Try the United States. Experts say the West Coast could experience a calamity similar to the one they have been watching unfold half a world away. "People need to know it could happen," said geologist Brian Atwater of the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists say grinding geologic circumstances similar...

2004-11-28 18:00:03

TOKYO - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido early Monday, swaying buildings, throwing objects off shelves and triggering a small tsunami wave that reached the shore. The 3:32 a.m. quake injured at least eight people, but there were no immediate reports of damage. Japan's Meteorological Agency quickly issued a tsunami warning for the eastern shores of Hokkaido's Pacific coastal area. Tsunami are potentially dangerous waves...

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