Study: Nankai Trough quake would create 11 times more debris than...
Debris from the Great East Japan Earthquake is loaded onto a truck in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb. 25. It was the prefecture’s last haul of waste from the disaster. (Toru Furusho)
A Nankai Trough earthquake would produce up to 11 times more debris, garbage and mud than the detritus left behind from the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to the...
TEPCO aims to cut airborne radiation from Fukushima plant to...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has set a goal of reducing airborne radiation levels outside its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to one-eighth the current levels by the...
First confirmed Japanese tsunami debris in California
In this April 8, 2013 file photo, characters on the side of a boat that read Takata-kou-kou — “Takata High School” — a high school in Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture, is seen on a Japanese boat that washed up in Crescent City, Calif. (AP Photo/Del Norte Triplicate)
CRESCENT CITY, California--A barnacle-covered fishing boat that washed ashore this month in Crescent City, California, has been confirmed as the first debris from the 2011...
Official: Space plays a growing role in U.S.-China security talks
Space is playing an increasing role in security talks between the United States and China, although no formal dialogue dedicated to space security has begun, a senior U.S. State Department official said on April 11. (Photo provided by NASA)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado--Space is playing an increasing role in security talks between the United States and China, although no formal dialogue dedicated to space security...
Researchers: Invasive seaweed from tsunami dock poses threat to...
A floating dock from Misawa port in Aomori Prefecture that washed up on a beach in Oregon last June after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami hit in 2011 (Provided by Oregon state government)
Japanese and U.S. researchers are issuing an environmental alert against a threat posed by invasive wakame seaweed that hitched a ride on debris that washed ashore on the U.S....
Tsunami debris washing up in N. America far higher than expected
Nonprofit organization members clean up tsunami debris on Montague Island, Alaska, in May 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Some 2,000 tons of drifting debris from the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan two years ago have washed up on the shores of North America so far, and estimates are that...
Japan gives Canada $1 million to help with debris
Debris, apparently from Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, washed up on Montague Island, Alaska, last May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
VANCOUVER--Japan is giving Canada $1 million to assist in the cleanup of debris that has landed on the Pacific coast province of British Columbia from the 2011 tsunami.
Japan's cleanup lags from tsunami, nuke accident
In this Feb. 22 photo, heavy machinery sorts out concrete and steel debris left after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, at a scrap yard in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (AP Photo)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--Two years after the triple calamities of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster ravaged Japan's northeastern Pacific coast, debris containing...
TEPCO accident causes new problem at Fukushima
Part of the fallen fuel hoist, an electric motor, is seen in the spent-fuel pool at the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has admitted dislodging broken equipment weighing 1.5 tons and sending it falling further into a pool where fragile nuclear...
Misawa pier becomes slimy celebrity on Oregon beach
The surf ponds against the massive dock that washed ashore June 6, 2012, in Newport, Ore. A nearly 70-foot-long dock that floated ashore on an Oregon beach was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year's tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. (AP Photo)
NEWPORT, Oregon--A small port city along the Oregon coast in the Pacific Northwest, Newport is a quiet friendly town.
U.S. dock resembles one from Japan
In this Dec. 21 file photo provided by the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, scientists and others inspect a dock that floated up on a remote stretch of wilderness beach in northwestern Washington.(AP Photo/Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife)
A scientist who examined the dock that recently washed ashore on Washington's Olympic Peninsula says it looks just like another one that came ashore on a Pacific Northwest...
Tsunami debris team reaches dock on Washington coast
Members of the Washington tsunami debris experts team inspect a dock on Dec. 21 that apparently floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and just washed ashore on a Washington beach near Forks on Dec. 18. (AP photo)
FORKS, Washington--A team hiked over primitive coastal trails to reach a dock that apparently floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and just washed ashore on a...
Hitachi unveils robot to help cleanup at Fukushima plant
Hitachi Ltd.’s Astaco-Sora robot picks up an electric line with its left arm and severs it with the pincer of its right arm during a demonstration in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Dec. 7. (Tomoya Fujita)
Hitachi Ltd. has developed a remote-control robot that can perform heavy lifting tasks and assist in recovery work at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Japan donates $5M for tsunami debris cleanup
Japan donates $5M for tsunami debris cleanup. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is providing $5 million to the U.S. to help with collection and disposal of marine debris from its March 2011 tsunami disaster.
33,000 tons of tsunami debris to hit North American shores by June
Cans and bottles are among debris that reached the northeastern part of Montague island in the Gulf of Alaska in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tons of debris from last year's Japanese tsunami will still be washing up on western coastlines of the United States and Canada by next June, according to the Environment...
There's music in muck, says trash-turning instrument maker
Koichiro Adachi with instruments he created by recycling discarded material, in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture. (Takeji Kumagai)
Give him debris, and he might give you Debussy. He played the Peruvian tune "El condor pasa" on an old broom handle whittled into a recorder.
Bin in Hawaii confirmed to be Japan tsunami debris
In this Sept. 19 file photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, a worker removes barnacles and other marine life from the bottom of a large blue plastic bin in Honolulu. (AP Photo)
HONOLULU--A large plastic bin is the first confirmed piece of marine debris from last year's Japan tsunamis to arrive in Hawaii, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
EDITORIAL: Floating tsunami debris now a pressing issue
Millions of tons of debris that washed into the Pacific Ocean after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami last year is drifting ever closer to North America or turning up ...
Invasive species ride tsunami debris to U.S. shore
This June 6 file photo shows fisheries scientists John Chapman (with bucket), and Jessica Miller taking samples of seaweed, shellfish and other marine organisms that floated across the Pacific on a dock float that ran aground on Agate Beach near Newport, Oregon, after being set adrift by the 2011 tsunami. Scientists are concerned that the tsunami debris coming to the West Coast and Alaska could represent a new avenue for invasive species. (AP photo)
When a floating dock the size of a boxcar washed up on a sandy beach in Oregon, beachcombers got excited because it was the largest piece of debris from last year's tsunami in...
Children build xylophone from tsunami debris to overcome PTSD
Children at Yuriage Elementary School in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, create a "garekki" musical instrument from tsunami debris. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
NATORI, Miyagi Prefecture--Elementary school pupils in the Yuriage district here have created a musical instrument from tsunami debris to help them overcome the horrors of the...