March 31, 2001 |
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.
September 12, 2008 |
Chile is making its entire Pacific Ocean territorial waters a whale sanctuary. The Senate unanimously passed a bill submitted by President Michelle Bachelet that bans whale hunting off Chile's 3,400-mile coast. Chile has not hunted whales since the 1970s. But Bachelet says the nation wants to send a clear sign of its will to protect whales in its waters.
November 17, 2000 |
A huge earthquake shook the Pacific Ocean just off Papua New Guinea, generating a tidal wave that damaged a supermarket and other buildings. No injuries were reported, but communications were briefly cut with Rabaul and nearby Kokopo, two towns on New Britain island hit by the tsunami. The towns have a combined population of 10,000. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the undersea quake registered a magnitude of 7.8. The U.S. Geological Survey put it at 8.
September 5, 2013 |
A seamount in the northwestern Pacific Ocean may be the largest volcano on Earth, and could rival the largest in the solar system -- the mighty Olympus Mons on Mars -- according to oceanographers. Tamu Massif, a well-known seamount off Japan, turns out to be one continuous shield volcano, about the size of New Mexico or the British Isles, said geophysicist William W. Sager, lead author of a study published online Thursday in the journal Nature Geoscience. Sager and team members had long ago given names to the formations jutting up from the Shatsky Rise, a California-sized oceanic plateau southeast of Japan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2001 |
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.
October 6, 2004 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998
It was with great interest that I read the article on Dale Ghere and the shrubs that are growing along Coast Highway in the area of Crystal Cove State Park (Feb. 15). I can't help but wonder if maybe the state parks [officials] don't want us to see the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as we drive up or down the coast in that area. After all, if we cannot see how beautiful the area is, we won't know what the state is giving away for development in Crystal Cove. MARILYN VASSOS Irvine
April 18, 1989
Fiber-Optic Pacific Service to Begin: The first fiber-optic communications cable across the Pacific Ocean will go into service today, creating a fully digital telecommunications network linking Japan, North America and Europe. American Telephone & Telegraph Co. said the $700-million cable will handle up to 40,000 calls simultaneously, more than six times the capacity of the copper cable and satellite circuits now crossing the Pacific. The cable links the California coast to Hawaii then splits, with separate branches running to Japan and Guam.