April 9, 2013 |
Japan readied its missile defense systems Tuesday against a possible North Korean weapons test, saying it would shoot down any missiles or debris if Japanese territory was threatened. Patriot anti-missile batteries were deployed on the grounds of the Defense Ministry in Tokyo and at military installations in and around the capital, according to Japanese news reports. The PAC-3 batteries will also be based on the island of Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. troops in Japan, sooner than planned in response to North Korea's threats, the Asahi Shimbun reported . Deploying the anti-missile system in Tokyo is “part of our moves to establish a system to protect the lives of our citizens and ensure their safety,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference, according to Jiji Press . Suga earlier said that the missiles will be used solely to protect Japan, according to the Japan Times . Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed for Japan to reinterpret its constitution, which bans waging war, to allow Japan to intercept missiles fired at United States targets.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1990
Rationing the user is not the answer. Conservation at the beginning of the cycle is. Eighty percent of all the rain that falls on Los Angeles County runs off and immediately ends up in the Pacific Ocean. We must stop this wasteful run-off and collect this precious commodity. I believe that a cost analysis of the necessary infrastructure changes and construction to collect our rainwater would prove this to be the most cost-effective method of increasing the water supply. ANDRUSS NORTHRUP La Habra