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October 6, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Watch for Japanese transponders on Northwest coast

The Associated Press ASTORIA, Ore. — Scientists are asking Oregon beachcombers and anglers to watch for bright orange transponders on the shore. The floating instruments about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle were set in the ocean from Japanese ports in 2011 and 2012 to help research movement of debris from the 2011 tsunami. The Daily Astorian…

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September 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Woman attempting solo row across North Pacific reaches Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean Monday, arriving in Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. Sarah Outen celebrated with a bottle of champagne and greeted community members and supporters, her first human contact in nearly five…

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January 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Dock found on coast was debris from tsunami in Japan

The Associated Press The dock that washed ashore on a remote Washington beach last month has been confirmed as debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. The state Marine Debris Task Force says it was identified by the Japanese government through photos that showed a fender serial number. The dock came from the…

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June 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Beached boat on Washington coast belongs to man in Japan

The barnacle-covered boat that washed up on a southwest Washington beach Friday has been traced  to its owner in Japan, who says he lost it during the March 2011 tsunami, according to a staffer with the  Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. U.S. officials provided the Japanese government with what appeared to be a registration number on…

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June 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Kayakers find possible Japanese house pieces at tip of Olympic Peninsula

By GENE JOHNSON The Associated Press Kayakers surveying Washington state’s most remote beaches for debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami say they believe they have found part of a house, along with parts of a washing machine, laundry hamper and child’s toilet bowl. Three kayakers with the Ikkatsu Project wrote in a report this week that they found…

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May 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Japanese kayaker paddling from Kennewick to Japan

A Tokyo man is making a solo journey from Kennewick to Japan in a 20-foot sea kayak, the Tri-City Herald reports. The man, 42-year-old Ryota Yamada, had to take shelter in Oregon a month into his trip down the Columbia River because of big, wind-whipped waves. He expects the journey to take him four summers. He is hoping to…

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March 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Fishing boat carried away by tsunami spotted off Canada

The Victoria Times Colonist A Japanese fishing boat has been spotted in the ocean west of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the first large piece of a massive debris field resulting from a tsunami in Japan a year ago. The abandoned squid boat was spotted earlier this week by an aircraft contracted by the Canadian government to patrol…

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March 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Morning Memo/Sunday: Tsunami one year later … Child of Marysville officer fatally wounded … Kent arena loses $1M

Weather: Rain later this afternoon and tonight, turning windy for Monday. Highs in the 40s. The National Weather Service forecast. Traffic: The Highway 520 floating bridge is closed this weekend, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. The map and cams. The one-year anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan is being commemorated around the…

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