Mar 18, 2015

Tohoku tsunami debris still washing up on shores in U.S., Canada

Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday. About 1 million tons of debris was ...

Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Mar 28, 2014

Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Rescuers searching for 90 people still missing five days after a massive mudslide in Washington state braced the public Thursday for an impending steep rise in the death toll even as they deflected criticism of the early disaster response. At least 25 people are known ...

Crown Prince plays viola made of tsunami debris

Jul 8, 2013

Crown Prince plays viola made of tsunami debris

Crown Prince Naruhito on Sunday played a viola made of driftwood from a tsunami-ravaged city in Tohoku during a concert held by his alma mater's orchestra. The viola, built by Tokyo violin maker Muneyuki Nakazawa, also contains part of the famed "miracle pine" that withstood ...

Tohoku artifacts reach U.S. coast

Mar 27, 2013

Tohoku artifacts reach U.S. coast

Part of a torii gate and a wooden statue of Ebisu, the Japanese god of luck, were found on the U.S. West Coast this month, leaving residents wondering if they were swept to sea by the March 11, 2011, tsunami that hit the Tohoku ...

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

Mar 26, 2013

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

A 330-ton fishing vessel carried hundreds of meters inland by the March 11, 2011, tsunami will probably be dismantled instead of preserved as a memorial to the tragedy, the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, said Monday. According to Kesennuma Mayor Shigeru Sugawara, Katsuyuki Yanai, president ...

Grateful Tohoku students express thanks with concert in Big Apple

Mar 24, 2013

Grateful Tohoku students express thanks with concert in Big Apple

About 70 students from the Tohoku region gave a concert Friday in New York to express their gratitude for U.S. support after the March 2011 disasters. The students, assembled from five high schools in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, sang Verdi's "Requiem" accompanied by a ...

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

Mar 20, 2013

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

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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 ...