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Japanese Boy’s Soccer Ball, Swept out to Sea by the Tsunami, Washes up on US Coast

16-year-old Misaki Murakami lost his home in the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan last year. A prized soccer ball inscribed with the names of his friends was among his lost possessions. Now it’s turned up a year later and 3,100 miles away in Alaska: Radar technician David Baxter spotted the soccer ball along with a [...]

Robot farm to open in tsunami disaster area

The project will see the world’s first robot farm open on land swamped by the tsunami in Japan. Miyagi Prefecture in Japan was one of the worst hit ar…

Tsunami Survival Pod

The tsunami that hit Japan in March killed 20,000 people, so that nation is now thinking seriously about how to prepare for this type of disaster. A company called Cosmo Power has responded by developing a floating fiberglass pod that people can jump into in a hurry: Company president Shoji Tanaka says the $3,900 (300,000 yen) [...]

How "Tsunami" Joined the English Language

The first use of the word “tsunami” in an English language publication was in the September 1896 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Eliza Ruhama Scidmore used the Japanese term to describe what we used to call a tidal wave or (more correctly) an earthquake wave. Scidmore’s article in National Geographic gave the world a gripping insight [...]

Japan tsunami ‘could be 1000-year event’

Seismologists discover evidence of a similar tsunami that hit Sendai in 869 AD. The devastation wraught by the disaster that hit Japan on March 11, 20…

Mega Earthquake and Tsunami

“QUANTUM SHOT” #684Link – article by Avi Abrams Help Japan now. Donate at Google’s Crisis Response Center. We’ve briefly touched on this topic in Future Plate Tectonics, yet with another huge wake-up call earthquake (and continuing swarm of smaller quakes) in Japan, we feel we should cover this kind of apocalyptic natural disasters more broadly, as well [...]

Ancient traditions give Japanese strength

Japanese turn to Buddhist and Shinto traditions for strength after the earthquake and tsunami. At a time of unbelievable devastation to the world’s th…

Future Shocks

To help us understand earthquakes after the big one in Japan, Smithsonian has republished an article about how scientists study earthquakes of the past to predict and prepare for future quakes. Past disasters left clues behind, like dead cedar trees in Washington state. In one of the more remarkable feats of modern geoscience, researchers have pinpointed [...]