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SCIENCE
May 8, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Marine biologist Dan Madigan stood on a dock in San Diego and considered some freshly caught Pacific bluefin tuna. The fish had managed to swim 5,000 miles from their spawning grounds near Japan to California's shores, only to end up the catch of local fishermen. It was August 2011, five months since a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami had struck in Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Madigan couldn't stop thinking about pictures he'd seen on TV of Japanese emergency crews dumping radioactive water from the failing reactors into the Pacific Ocean.
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SCIENCE
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A weather-altering El Niño is increasingly likely to develop in the Pacific Ocean later this year, according to a U.S. government forecast issued Thursday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists now believe an El Niño has a 66% chance of forming by this winter. If the prediction materializes and the influential climate pattern sets in, it could bring wetter weather to California and the southern U.S., suppress the Atlantic hurricane season and compound global warming by boosting temperatures in 2015.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl called Tuesday for a law that would protect neighborhood views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains and other natural resources. City planners are expected to draft a proposed law within 60 days. Rosendahl, who made a campaign promise to seek such an ordinance, said that "long-held and precious vistas of the ocean and the mountains are threatened by overdevelopment."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheriff's officials suspended a search late Monday for a Camarillo teen missing from a boat that capsized three days earlier in the Pacific Ocean, saying they were uncertain whether rescue efforts would be resumed today. Capt. Tom Convery said that if foggy, rainy weather and high waves continue, attempts to find William Schneider, 18, might have to be delayed.
NEWS
March 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A British rower completed an 8,060-mile crossing of the Pacific Ocean in dramatic fashion when he was thrown from his boat as he neared Australia and was forced to swim the final 200 yards in heavy surf. Jim Shekhdar, 54, began his journey in Peru last June. He is the only person known to have crossed the Pacific in a rowboat without assistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit an area of the Pacific Ocean 50 miles off California's Humboldt County coast at 1:02 a.m. Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake, centered 63 miles southwest of Eureka, occurred in the "triple junction" region of frequent seismic activity where two tectonic plates come together with the northern reach of the San Andreas fault. The quake was only weakly felt on land, and did no damage.
NATIONAL
October 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A pilot who treaded water for hours in the Pacific Ocean after his small plane crashed, and then spent part of the night bobbing in a life raft, was rescued by a container ship and was doing well, shipping officials said. Ray Clamback, 67, of Australia was spotted Monday evening about 750 miles south of Oahu by the crew of a C-130 search plane from Honolulu that dropped a life raft. About 9 1/2 hours later he was picked up by the container ship.
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