Now Playing:


Tagged As


Climate change | Environment | Communities | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna

Tsunami Debris Continues Delivering Invasive Species To The West Coast

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 29, 2017 9:10 a.m.

New research shows nearly 300 species have traveled on debris rafts across the Pacific Ocean.

local | Arts | World | State of Wonder

Suspended Moment: 2 Artists Explore Atomic Legacy

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Visual artist Yukiyo Kawano and choreographer Meshi Chavez talk about the show they brought to Los Alamos, Hanford, and now Portland.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Google Science Fair Winner | Comedian Bri Pruett | Japan Loves Portland

OPB | Oct. 10, 2016 noon

We hear from an Oregonian who is this year's youngest Google Science Fair winner and a Portland comedian whose solo show draws on her dating life. And we explore Japan's love for all things Portland.

Think Out Loud

REBROADCAST: Returning World War II Combat Souvenirs

OPB | Aug. 6, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Earlier this week OBON 2015 returned several flags taken from dead Japanese soldiers in WWII to the descendents of those soldiers.

Arts | Oregon Art Beat

Horisuzu, Traditional Japanese Tattoo Artist

OPB | April 2, 2015 8 p.m.

The Portland-based artist shares the tradition of Japanese tattooing with his clients. Find out more about the art form, his ongoing apprenticeship, and why he sees himself as a "translator."

Think Out Loud

Returning World War II Combat Souvenirs

OPB | March 23, 2015 12:06 p.m.

FRIDAY: OBON 2015 is attempting to return flags taken from dead Japanese soldiers in WWII to the descendents of those soldiers.


4 Years Later, Japan's Earthquake Still Offers Lessons For Oregon

OPB | March 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch, who was among a handful of Oregonians who visited Japan shortly after the March 2011 disaster, joined OPB's Geoff Norcross to discuss what she learned.

News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

OPB's Coverage: March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake

OPB | March 3, 2015 midnight

A roundup of news from OPB after the March 11 earthquake in the Pacific off Japan.

Economy | local | Politics | Science | News

Politicians Agree More Money Needed For Earthquake Preparedness - But How Much?

OPB | Jan. 28, 2015 11:51 a.m. | Portland

Most Oregon politicians agree something needs to be done this legislative session to prepare for a big earthquake. But the question is: How much money is being discussed?

local | Environment | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Japan Earthquake Holds Lessons For Oregon Coast

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015 8:45 p.m. | Kadonowaki, Japan

Advanced engineering and a location just outside of the tsunami zone allowed the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital in Japan to survive the 9.0 magnitude earthquake of March 11, 2011.

Think Out Loud

Remembering George Azumano

OPB | Dec. 24, 2013 12:06 p.m.

MONDAY: George Azumano was a businessman and a pillar of Portland's Japanese-American community. He died earlier this month at the age of 95.


USA-Japan Match Draws Northwest Soccer Fans

OPB | Aug. 9, 2012 9:22 a.m.

Scores of people watched at the University of Portland Thursday as the American women’s soccer team defeated Japan for the Olympic gold medal. USA star Megan Rapinoe is a UP graduate. But another player with Northwest ties might’ve been more critical to the win.

Water | Flora and Fauna

Crew Continues Work To Dismantle Tsunami Dock

OPB | Aug. 4, 2012 3 a.m.

A crew will work through the weekend sawing pieces off the Japanese dock washed ashore on Agate Beach. Biologists are getting a closer look at sea life that came ashore with it.


Dock Removal Begins This Week

OPB | July 30, 2012 1:49 a.m.

Wednesday, crews are scheduled to start dismantling the Japanese dock that washed up on a beach near Newport.

Think Out Loud

Invasive Species Found On Japanese Dock

OPB | June 27, 2012 9:06 a.m.

Scientists at Oregon State University have identified as many as 50 different species from the Japanese dock that washed up on Oregon's coast in early June.

Think Out Loud

Prepping for a Pacific NW Tsunami

OPB | March 12, 2012 9:40 a.m.

Oregon State University's coastal hazards specialist Patrick Corcoran just returned from a disaster symposium in Japan. We'll get an update about what he learned and what lessons it holds for the Pacific Northwest.


Health Officials Expect To Find Radiation From Japan In Portland

OPB | March 22, 2011 10:40 a.m. | Portland, OR

Oregon health officials say they expect to find radiation from Japan, when scientists finish analyzing data just collected in Portland.