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2011-04-07 10:55:00

Another earthquake hit Japan today, just weeks after another devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast. A tsunami warming for a wave up to 6-feet has been issued by the Japan meteorological agency.  The warning was issued for a coastal area already torn apart by the tsunami that struck last month and took 25,000 lives sparking an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant. Officials say Thursday's quake was a 7.1-magnitude and hit 25 miles under water and off the...

2011-04-07 06:00:00

Rarely Seen Home Video, Cell Phone Video and News Coverage Provide Immediacy and Raw Emotion in Detailed, Chronological Account of the Disaster "The tsunami is speeding towards us and is swallowing everything."-- A person fleeing for safety in a Japanese coastal town Witness: Disaster in Japan Premieres Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 10 PM ET/PT WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world watched in horror on March 11, 2011, as the fourth largest earthquake ever...

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2011-04-06 14:00:55

The huge tsunami triggered by the 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake destroyed coastal towns near Sendai in Japan, washing such things as houses and cars into the ocean. Projections of where this debris might head have been made by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Maximenko has developed a model based on the behavior of drifting buoys deployed over years in the ocean for scientific purposes. The debris first spreads out eastward...

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2011-04-06 08:00:00

Virgin Group founder and British billionaire Richard Branson unveiled his plans this week to pilot a mini-submarine to the deepest depths of our oceans. The Virgin Oceanic project's first dive is set for later this year to explore the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, which is about 36,000 feet in depth. This will be followed by four other dives, which will include the Atlantic Ocean's Puerto Rico Trench at 28,232 feet underwater, the Indian Ocean's Diamantina Trench at 26,401 feet deep, the...

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2011-04-06 06:25:00

Oceanographers are monitoring a vast expanse of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean that could spill into the Atlantic, something that could result in unpredictable changes in the ocean currents that give Western Europe its moderate climate. The scientists said Tuesday that the unusual accumulation of fresh water resulted from the Siberian and Canadian rivers dumping more water into the Arctic, and from melting sea ice. "The volume of water discharged into the Arctic Ocean, largely from Canadian...

2011-04-06 02:00:00

HIMEJI, Japan, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- We at the Showa Group would like to inform you about the effects that the recent tragic events in Japan have had on our company. We understand that there have been questions raised about this recently and below you will find in detail the answers to some of the most common ones. We also would like to thank you for your continued support and concern for our well-being. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20110406/447899 ) 1....

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2011-03-30 14:49:20

If you're sitting on a bench in New York City's Central Park in winter, you're probably freezing. After all, the average temperature in January is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you were just across the pond in Porto, Portugal, which shares New York's latitude, you'd be much warmer"”the average temperature is a balmy 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Throughout northern Europe, average winter temperatures are at least 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than similar latitudes on the northeastern coast of...

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2011-03-27 11:08:50

Passage of icebergs through surface waters changes their physical and biological characteristicsIn a finding that has global implications for climate research, scientists have discovered that when icebergs cool and dilute the seas through which they pass for days, they also raise chlorophyll levels in the water that may in turn increase carbon dioxide absorption in the Southern Ocean.An interdisciplinary research team supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) highlighted the research...

2011-03-25 00:00:30

AccuConference is offering free calls to Japan in the wake of the earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear crisis taking place there. For the rest of March, anyone who needs to get in touch with people in Japan can place calls for free up to $100. Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) March 24, 2011 AccuConference announced today free calling to Japan for all those who need to communicate with people in the country. Following widespread destruction from the earthquake and tsunami, and amid growing fears of nuclear...

2011-03-25 00:00:29

Needak USA has announced that it will be donating 1% of its sales to relief of the victims of Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami. This offer covers all sales through the company's Web site, needakusa.com. The money will go to support rescue and rebuilding efforts throughout Japan. Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) March 24, 2011 Needak USA has announced that it will be donating 1% of its sales to relief of the victims of Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami. This offer covers all sales through...


Latest Physical oceanography Reference Libraries

Coral Reef
2013-04-20 15:49:21

Coral reefs are submerged structures consisting of calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of small animals found in marine waters that enclose few nutrients. The majority of coral reefs are constructed from stony corals, which then consist of polyps that come together in groups. The polyps are like small sea anemones, to which they are very closely related. Unlike the sea anemones, coral polyps secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons which provide support and protections...

Current Sea Level Rise
2013-04-01 10:39:21

The sea levels all around the world are rising. Current sea-level rise has the potential to affect human populations and the natural environment. Two key factors have contributed to the observed sea level rise. The first is thermal expansion: as the ocean water warms, it expands. The second is from the influence of land-based ice because of increased melting. The major store of water on land is found in the glaciers and the ice sheets. The rising of sea levels is one of several lines of...

Basic Ocean Terms
2013-02-05 12:52:11

Image Credit: Meteorologist Joshua Kelly When meteorologists are forecasting for ocean-going vessels, there are a few terms that we need to understand. The first term is wavelength. Wavelength is defined as the distance between two crests or between two troughs as seen in the image above. The example above highlights the crest to crest concept of wavelength. The next term that we use is wave height, and to determine this, we first must look at the wave when it passes our station. When...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Billings Montana
2012-12-29 12:40:14

If you live in or around Billings, Montana the above graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. In Billings during a normal phase of the ENSO your heating degree days pass 900HDD. However, when El-Nino phase is present the monthly average dropped to around 650.5HDD, which is a pretty significant amount especially when you are talking about paying that heating bill. When the La-Nina phase sets up the heating degree...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Bismarck, North Dakota
2012-09-18 13:29:03

If you live in or around Bismarck North Dakota the graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. Bismarck North Dakota, with its northern latitude, does have an impact on what type of heating and cooling it sees. During an Normal Phase the HDD for the region hits about 1348 on average. When the region enters into an El-Nino they can expect the amount of HDD’s to decrease to around 970 which really helps cut down on the...

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