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Nuclear Plants At Risk For Tsunamis
2012-09-22 06:21:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In March 2011, Japan was hit with a tsunami as a result of a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake. The tsunami waves reached heights of 133 feet and traveled about 10 kilometers inland. The earthquake was so enormous that it actually shifted the main island of Japan 8 feet east and shifted the Earth on its axis by 4 — 10 inches. As if that weren't bad enough, the tsunami caused the largest nuclear disaster since the...

Eltanin meteor
2012-09-20 04:27:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Around 2.5 million years ago, a huge meteor collided with the Earth and fell into the southern Pacific Ocean. A new study, published in the Journal of Quaternary Science, suggests that not only could this have caused a massive tsunami, but it may also have plunged the world into the Ice Ages. A research team from Australia says that because the Eltanin meteor — which was up to two kilometers across — crashed into deep...

Wave Interactions May Explain Why Some Tsunamis Are So Powerful
2012-09-19 08:31:09

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ocean waves are a source of calming for meditation, and a source of enjoyment for thrill-seeking surfers. These waves are also a source of wonder for researchers trying to explain the power of the tsunami. Two applied mathematicians from University of Colorado Boulder have taken a closer look at these waves, discovering X- and Y-shaped ocean waves that could help explain why some tsunamis become as powerful as they do....

Earthquake Strikes Costa Rica
2012-09-05 11:29:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Costa Rica was rocked by a powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake this morning, but so far there have been no reports of major damage. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck about 38 miles from the town of Liberia, and 88 miles west of the capital, San Jose. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a post that a tsunami warning is in effect for Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras,...

2012-09-02 23:02:36

"Plastic Ocean" author launches Pacific Rim tour to discuss latest science about plastic pollution in the ocean, including recent research on tsunami debris Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) September 02, 2012 In association with Algalita Marine Research Institute, Captain Charles Moore prepares for the first in a series of presentations and dialogue meetings titled The Plastic Pollution Conversation, to be held at locations across the Pacific Rim, beginning September 8 in Tokyo. The Tour format is...

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2012-08-30 17:17:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists are reviving a century old Tesla experiment by trying to recreate an earthquake through laboratory means. Nikola Tesla tried recreating earthquakes with his electro-mechanical oscillator, or "earthquake machine," back in 1898. He attached the device to building structures in a laboratory on Houston Street in New York. According to legend, the machine shook not only his building, but neighboring structures, leading...

2012-08-29 02:20:27

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] today announced it has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of six SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) systems by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120829/PH64297 ) The STB systems will be deployed at locations in the northwest Pacific Ocean approximately 200 nautical miles east of Sendai, Japan. The coastal...

Powerful Earthquake Shakes Pacific 110 Miles From El Salvador
2012-08-27 07:50:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador Sunday night, followed by a 5.4 magnitude aftershock an hour later, according to a report by the US Geological Survey. The quake´s epicenter was about 110 miles southeast of the capital San Salvador, and was located about 33 miles underground. Following the temblor, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert, saying the quake had spawned a...

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2012-08-26 08:52:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Why do some tsunamis, such as the devastating one that struck Japan in March 2011, occur on a much larger scale than scientists expect? The answer, based on a model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, lies within the “pop-up” movement of large amounts of sediment. Undersea earthquakes can release huge amounts of energy as tectonic plates slip across each other´s ridge lines. A study in Earth...

2012-08-16 10:22:06

Join the movement for Trash Free Seas by pledging to Take on the Trash WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Ocean Conservancy announces the 27(th) annual International Coastal Cleanup, taking place September 15, by asking volunteers around the world to pledge to Take on the Trash. Those who pledge will help build the collective movement for Trash Free Seas - both by reducing their own trash impact and helping clean up what's already out there. Videos, graphics...