Pacific Ocean News

IAEA Says Fukushima Water Release to Follow Safety Standards

TOKYO (AP) _ The head of a U.N. nuclear agency task force assessing the safety of Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive water from the wreaked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea said Friday that Japanese regulators have shown their …

Hawaii Hurricane Season Forecasted to Be Slow With La Nina

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii and the Central Pacific basin should expect two to four hurricanes, tropical depressions or tropical storms this year, federal forecasters said Wednesday. The annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration outlook predicts there is a 60% chance …

Despite Preparation, California Pipeline Operator May Have Taken Hours to Stop Leak

The company that operates the pipeline that spilled an estimated 3,000 barrels of oil into the Pacific Ocean off California has an 800-page manual on handling an oil spill – but it is unclear whether its employees followed those procedures. …

California Lawmakers Vow to Investigate Offshore Oil Spill

Democratic members of Congress from California seized on the oil spill off the state’s coast to call for investigations into why it took several hours before a pipeline operator reported the spill to federal authorities – and the subsequent lag …

Pipeline From California Oil Spill Was Moved 105 Feet Along Sea Floor

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A section of the oil pipeline that burst off the Southern California coast was displaced 105 feet (32 meters) across the ocean floor, officials said on Tuesday, fueling speculation that a ship’s anchor may have caused …

Japan to Start Releasing Fukushima Water Into Sea in 2 Years

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. It’s a move that’s fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan’s neighbors. The …

La Nina Is Here, Threatening Even Bigger Blazes and Storms

The extreme weather that’s hammered California with runaway wildfires and hit Louisiana with its most powerful hurricane in 160 years may be about to get even worse. La Nina — a phenomenon that occurs when the surface of the Pacific …

Dangerous Sneaker Wave Sweeps Father, Son Out to Ocean

One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a “sneaker wave” as his wife looked on. The man and his boy were but the latest to be …

Pacific Ocean Holds Clue to Size of Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Pacific Ocean holds one of the keys that forecasters say will determine how many hurricanes and tropical storms develop in the Atlantic this year. The size of the six-month storm season, which starts tomorrow, may depend on a pool …

Satellite Likely in Ocean, But May Have Hit U.S.

It’s as big as a bus and weighs 6 tons, but officials probably will never be able to pinpoint exactly where a massive NASA satellite plummeted to Earth. NASA space junk scientists believe that all – or nearly all – …