tsunamis

Flood-Powered Gate Automatically Raises As The Waters Rise

Deploying the improved infrastructure that will hopefully help prevent future tsunamis from devastating Japan is an expensive endeavour. So researchers are developing new and cheaper ways to protect the country, like this innovative floodgate that deploys automatically when waters come rushing in — no power or human operators required.


Fish Sails From Japan To Washington On Unmanned Tsunami Boat

On an epic two-year journey across the Pacific, a bait box in a Japanese boat turned into an aquarium when five striped beakfish made it their home. The 6m fibreglass boat probably started off from Japan when the tsunami hit in March 2011.


Japan Turns Sole Surviving Tsunami Tree Into Gigantic Sculpture

Two years ago today, Japan was ravaged by a horrible tsunami. Now, there’s a new memorial dedicated to the tragedy: the “miracle tree” that survived the surge has now been converted into a sculpture.


US Military Tested A Tsunami Bomb That Could Rival The Nuclear Bomb

We’ve all seen the destruction that tsunamis can cause. It doesn’t play around. But back in 1944, the US military wanted to play around with tsunamis in hope of creating a man made tsunami bomb — basically setting off 10 large blasts in the ocean to create a 10m tsunami that would pulverise and drown a city.


Why Aren't We Afraid Of A Tsunami Hitting San Francisco?

When a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s eastern coast early Friday morning, we all feared a tsunami. But San Francisco gets earthquakes all the time, and we’re not scared of a tsunami there. Why?


Aussie Builds A Survival Pod That Lets You Ride Out Tsunamis In Relative Comfort

Inspired by the tragic tsunamis that hit Japan last year, Australian houseboat builder Matt Duncan decided to design and construct the ultimate lifejacket. What he came up with was the Tsunami Survival Pod, designed to protect up to four passengers from rushing waters and dangerous debris.


Fukushima Fish Soaked In Record Levels Of Radiation

During last year’s nuclear disaster, the deadly radiation inside Fukushima 1, became one with the surrounding environment, contaminating everything. Things aren’t getting any better. Record quantities of the deadly radioactive isotope caesium-137 have just been discovered in the fisheries around Fukushima.


Japanese Government: Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Was A Man-Made Disaster

The failures, explosions, leaks and subsequent radioactive dead zone that will stain Japan for decades all started with an earthquake. Nobody can stop earthquakes. But after a thorough review, the Japanese government admits humans are responsible for the entire mess.


Massive Dock From Japanese Tsunami Washes Up In The US

First it was a soccer ball in Alaska. Then it was a Harley Davidson in British Columbia. Now, even more debris from the Japan tsunami is showing up on the shores of North America. The latest find is a giant dock, discovered on a beach in Oregon.


Harley That Washed Up In Canada Will Be Returned To Japanese Tsunami Survivor

Here’s some news that will brighten your day: While strolling the sands of British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii Islands, a beachcomber recently found a Harley Davidson swept away in the Japan tsunami last March. He had no idea what had happened to the person it belonged to. But the story has a happy ending — the owner of the bike has been identified. And he’s alive.