Tamu Massi: the size of Japan or California

The largest volcano on Planet Earth has been found under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of Japan.


Tamu Massif measures about 280 by 400 miles (450 by 650 kilometers), or more than 100,000 square miles (259,000 square kilometers).

Its top lies about 6,500 feet below the ocean surface, and the total area of the rise is similar to Japan or California. The base extends down to about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) deep.

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Fukushima: do we still really need nuclear energy?

Radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean, from the Fukushima nuclear plant, in located Japan.


Two and a half years after the earthquake followed by nuclear meltdown, Japan is still struggling to understand the effects of radioactive water in the Pacific Ocean waters.

When the dangerous liquids drained from the industrial facilities of Fukushima, everyone knew there were going to be problems in the regional coastline.

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Litter: keep it out our beaches

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have launched the Cold Water Beach Clean Series, a new initiative calling for community volunteers to join the SAS beach clean team on UK beaches come rain, snow, sleet or shine.


Just as some of the UK's best waves unfurl on our beaches during the coldest months, marine litter accumulates in huge quantities on the coastline, threatening the safety and enjoyment of beaches by surfers, walkers and sports enthusiasts during the winter months.

The Cold Water Beach Clean Series will take place from September to November, and will be calling at 20 locations including Thurso in the far north of Scotland, Benone Magilligan in Northern Ireland and Saltburn perched on North Sea.

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