Japan tsunami debris drifts onto Washington coast

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A small boat that authorities believe to be from the 2011 Japanese tsunami washed ashore Monday morning along the coast at Ocean Shores, Wash.

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At least 5 killed as South Pacific quake triggers 3-foot tsunami

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At least five people have been killed after a strong earthquake in the South Pacific generated a 3-foot tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and local news reports. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake — with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 — struck Wednesday in the Santa Cruz Islands at a depth of about 3 miles. The Santa Cruz Islands are scarcely populated and are part of the Solomon Islands.

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USGS: Major earthquake hits Costa Rica, tsunami warning issued

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Updated at 12:17 p.m. ET: A major earthquake hit northwestern Costa Rica on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey saidbut there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The quake — initially given a magnitude of 7.9 but then revised to 7.6 — struck at 10:42 a.m. ET at a depth of about 25 miles and about seven miles southeast of Nicoya, a town of some 15,000 people on a coastal area on the Pacific about 90 miles from the capital San Jose.

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