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Earthquake outweighs China in U.S. Navy's decision to close docks

Submarine maintenance put on hold as seismic concerns are addressed

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Alabama (SSBN 731) is seen docked at Naval Base Kitsap’s Delta Pier, at the Trident Refit Facility in Bangor, Washington.   © U.S. Navy

TOKYO -- The samurai, merchants and villagers living on Japan's east coast were puzzled on one January day in 1700 when a tsunami hit their towns. There was no associated earthquake in Japan that seemed to have triggered the devastating waves.

History books recorded the incident as the "orphan tsunami."

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