Fukushima: Reflections six months on
When the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on March 11, 2011, the world witnessed the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. In a special Fukushima ...
New tsunami software will help protect vulnerable coastal communities
A new piece of software has been developed to help protect vulnerable coastal communities from the destruction of a tsunami. The mathematical model has created significant interest in the wake of the 2011 ...
Japan firm creates radiation-detecting plastic
Japan's Teijin Chemicals Limited said Wednesday it had created a plastic that emits a blue light when exposed to radioactivity, which it says will lead to cheaper radiation detectors.
Tsunami observed by radar
The tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11 was picked up by high-frequency radar in California and Japan as it swept toward their coasts, according to U.S. and Japanese scientists. This is the first time that a tsunami ...
Mapping mangrove biomass
A comparison of three techniques to detect changes in mangrove forest areas suggests one gives more reliable results than the other two, and this finding will help researchers better understand growth and ...
Japan's Hamaoka atomic plant to build huge seawall
Chubu Electric said Friday it will build an 18-metre (60 foot) anti-tsunami seawall to protect its ageing Hamaoka nuclear plant located near a faultline in a region seen as vulnerable to earthquakes.
Undersea clues to Haiti's earthquake history
(PhysOrg.com) -- For all of its violent destruction, the earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, hardly scratched the surface of the island. But scientists now say they have found some of the best clues to understanding ...
Tsunami airglow signature could lead to early detection system (w/Video)
Researchers at the University of Illinois have become the first to record an airglow signature in the upper atmosphere produced by a tsunami using a camera system based in Maui, Hawaii.
Japan's Fujitsu sees post-quake profit growth
Japan's Fujitsu on Friday forecast net profit to rise 8.9 percent this year, expecting demand for IT products and services to recover after the March earthquake and tsunami.
Scientists track motions of shifting plates using GPS sensors
The Pacific Northwest is a restless place. The ground is being shoved by tectonic plates. Snow-capped volcanoes inflate and deflate in concert with the creep of molten rock. Coastlines bulge as tension builds on an offshore ...
Tsunami sensor detects mysterious background signal in Panama
An unusual signal detected by the seismic monitoring station at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's research facility on Barro Colorado Island results from waves in Lake Gatun, the reservoir that ...
Unusual earthquake gave Japan tsunami extra punch
The magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 were like a one-two punch first violently shaking, then swamping the islands causing tens of thousands of deaths ...
Merkel backs proposal to end nuclear power in 2022
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that 2022 was "a good time" for Germany to end nuclear power, backing a proposal by the Bavarian wing of her party.
Japan 'plans solar panels for all new buildings'
Japan is considering a plan that would make it compulsory for all new buildings and houses to come fitted with solar panels by 2030, a business daily said Sunday.