Tag Archives: tsunami

West Coast Targeted by 20 Million Tons of Hazardous Debris – Or is It? Here’s Why

An enormously large field of floating debris has been spotted in the North Pacific, and it’s heading toward the West Coast of the United States. Some 20 million tons of debris, ripped away from northern Japan in April of this year, is heading for the shores of the U.S. Early estimates had the debris reaching the U.S. shores within three years (based on a speed of advance of 5-10 miles per day). Based on recent reports however, this floating city of rubbish, houses, vehicles, coolers, plastic, appliances, wood and even toxic waste is moving faster than first thought.

Mega-Tsunami From Canary Islands? Not Yet

More rumblings from the Canary Islands this morning but, as of now, nothing substantial enough to shake loose the mega-landslide that is expected to trigger the mega-tsunami which will lead to the mega-submerging of the entire eastern coast of the U.S. At least, that’s the hypothesis.

Unprecedented Earthquakes Swarm Canaries

You won’t find this on the front page of the New York Times or anywhere on CNN.com, but if you have your ear to the tracks you might’ve heard rumblings from far off in the North Atlantic Ocean where, near the Canary Islands, there have been an incredible number of earthquakes recorded in the past week — 620 and counting, 400 in just four days!

DHS Considers Devastating West Coast Tsunami “When, Not If”

We’re all familiar with the Department of Homeland Security. Created in 2002 following the September 11th terrorist attacks, the DHS is a cabinet department of the United States federal government with the primary responsibility of protecting the United States from, and responding to terrorist attacks. Additionally, and perhaps not as well known, it plans for […]

When Plates Collide: Earthquakes of Japan

Why is this area so prone to such frequent earthquakes? It’s what amounts to the Perfect Storm of tectonics. Five of Earth’s massive plates meet in this area and grind upon one another.

Why So Much Tsunami Damage From This Particular Quake?

[Geology expert and ImpactWeather StormWatch Manager Fred Schmude guest posts about the terrible events in Japan today.] Last night’s massive earthquake occurred near the northeast coast of Honshu Island in Japan at 0546Z (11:46pm CST) on Friday March 11, 2011. The epicenter of the quake was located at 38.32N and 142.37E or about 81 miles […]

Australia’s “Inland Tsunami”

it’s been weeks of flooding that has befallen eastern Australia. Low pressure troughs seem to just park themselves over the area with widespread rainfall totals of up to three inches per day — day after day. Yesterday’s news reported six inches in 30 minutes in Toowoomba, a city that typically receives 37 inches of rainfall annually. It was this heavy rainfall that lead to the flooding which earned the nickname, “the inland tsunami.”

Sumatra Quake Generates Tsunami

[Fred Schmude, manager of our StormWatch division and our resident geological expert, updates the Sumatra quake/tsunami situation.]  Data received from local authorities on Sumatra indicate a local tsunami did strike some of the coastal islands off the west coast of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean.  These islands are oriented from northwest to southeast and are […]

Huge Glacier Triggers Tsunami in Peru Lake

A massive glacier which plunged into a lake in Peru on Sunday caused a 23-meter (or 75-foot) tsunami wave that destroyed a nearby town. The glacier was the size of about four football fields and it fell into the 513 Lake in the northern Ancash region. The lake was near the town of Carhuaz, which […]

February Earthquake/Tsunami in Chile Puts Strain on Seafood Industry

The tsunami caused by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on February 27 has had devastating affects on Chile’s fishing industry. According to Gonzalo Olea, a spokesman for Chile’s National Confederation of Small Fishermen, an estimated 1,000 fishing boats close to shore were destroyed by the tsunami. However, some of the larger ships that service […]