Call it a coincidence with a long reach. Beachwalker Tyler Coppin ran across a beached tsunami detection buoy stranded on the sand about a mile north of Yachats on Monday. Strangely the beached buoy came ashore the same day that a strong earthquake rocked the ocean floor southeast of Kodiak Island, Alaska. But this particular detection device was not operating, obviously.
The buoy was well marked as belonging to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA was summoned to come pick up their “wayward buoy” and get it ready to be re-launched from whence it came – 200 miles off Astoria.
Monday was the day, of course, when a strong sea-floor earthquake southeast of Kodiak Island rattled and swayed the region which initially prompted a tsunami warning for southern Alaska and northern British Columbia. There was a tsunami WATCH issued for the United States West Coast.
The quake, though large, did not trigger much of anything except a lot of fear and reminders that the Pacific Ocean is ringed with huge earthquake faults that are quite active.