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The Half-Life of Disaster Awareness

The Half-Life of Disaster Awareness

Moves to trim the federal budget for its tsunami program arouse concern for deep as well as shallow reasons.

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Tales from the Ghost Forests

Tales from the Ghost Forests

When a megathrust earthquake strikes, scientists around the world know in seconds. But what about hundreds of years ago? How, exactly, do scientists know there was a megathrust quake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone on January 26, 1700 between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.? The answer lies in a ghost forest discovered on the Washington coast that reveals the secrets of one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the planet.

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Up, Up and Away: Escaping a Tsunami Vertically

Up, Up and Away: Escaping a Tsunami Vertically

Northwest disaster officials and communities propose new structures for people to get to safety when a killer tsunami wave is on the way, not by trying to outrun the wave, but by trying to out-climb it.

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The San Francisco Impact of the 2010 Japan Tsunami

The San Francisco Impact of the 2010 Japan Tsunami

On March 12, a one-foot tidal wave was filmed as it slowly surged across the San Francisco Bay. The wave traveling 5000 miles from Japan started out as a 23-foot tsunami off the Japanese coast.

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Tsunami Awareness at the Beach

Tsunami Awareness at the Beach

Central California will have good warning of big seismic tsunamis which aren't created nearby, but always keep your weather eye out.

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Earthquake Warning Signs in Tiny Marine Fossils

Earthquake Warning Signs in Tiny Marine Fossils

It feels like the world is still shaking from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit northern Japan on Friday.

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Scary Tsunamis

Scary Tsunamis

In 2004, a massive tsunami struck the Indian Ocean. More than 225,000 people were killed. Bay Area researchers raced to the scene to learn everything they could about these deadly forces of nature.

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Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

Producer's Notes: Scary Tsunamis

On January 26, 1700, at about 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time one of the largest earthquakes ever to strike the Pacific Northwest rumbled across the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This massive earthquake sent a giant 33 foot high tsunami crashing onto shore, inundating the quiet coastline.

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