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Sep 21, 2016

M6.0 temblor hits near Izu island chain but spurs no tsunami alert

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck in the sparsely populated Izu Islands region south-southeast of Honshu. USGS reported that the earthquake hit around 1:21 a.m. local time Wednesday with its epicenter located about 382 miles (617 km) south-southeast of ...

Western, central Japan struck by powerful Typhoon Malakas

Sep 20, 2016

Western, central Japan struck by powerful Typhoon Malakas

A powerful typhoon ripped into south and then central Japan on Tuesday, dumping torrential rain and causing widespread disruption with two people missing, one unconscious and more than 30 injured. Typhoon Malakas made landfall in Kyushu shortly after midnight and was headed east toward ...

World's oldest fishhooks found in Okinawa

Sep 20, 2016

World's oldest fishhooks found in Okinawa

Fishhooks found on a southern Japanese island date back some 23,000 years, making them among the world’s oldest fishing implements, researchers said Monday. The hooks were discovered in Sakitari Cave on the southern end of Okinawa Island several years ago, said Masaki Fujita, chief ...

Sep 20, 2016

IAEA's Amano to seek rare third term as chief

Yukiya Amano, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog, said Monday he will seek a third term in office beyond 2017, saying the agency needs “continuity” to face difficult times ahead. Amano said that the “huge challenges” facing the International Atomic Energy Agency ...