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Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

Mar 20, 2013

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

When a massive dock drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the U.S. West Coast after the Great East Japan Earthquake, it brought along more than the invasive “wakame” kelp and mussels that were attached to it. The city of Newport, Oregon, where ...

Quake-surviving tourist recalls Chinese generosity amid tragedy

Jun 25, 2008

Quake-surviving tourist recalls Chinese generosity amid tragedy

Lisa Takahashi, a student from the University of Southern California studying in Hong Kong, was on a tour bus headed to the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area in China’s Sichuan Province when the 7.9-magnitude quake hit in May. The chaos and ensuing ...