Aug 23, 2015

Four small eruptions observed at Sakurajima volcano

Four small eruptions were observed at Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture early Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said. But the agency said there is no major change in volcanic activity at the 1,117-meter-high mountain in southern Kyushu. The four eruptions occurred shortly after midnight Saturday, ...

Restarted Kagoshima reactor churning out power after two-year hiatus

Aug 14, 2015

Restarted Kagoshima reactor churning out power after two-year hiatus

Japan resumed using electricity generated by nuclear power Friday after a two-year hiatus, following the reactivation earlier this week of a reactor upgraded under tough new safety regulations. The No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture began generating ...

Protesters gather as reactor in Kagoshima restarts

Aug 12, 2015

Protesters gather as reactor in Kagoshima restarts

More than 100 people rallied Tuesday in front of the Sendai power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture to protest Japan’s first reactivation of a nuclear reactor in nearly two years. Blasting the restart as a hasty decision, the crowd at the gates of Kyushu Electric ...

Aug 11, 2015

Japan Inc. welcomes return to nuclear power

Business leaders welcomed the restart Tuesday of a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan’s first full-fledged return to atomic power generation since 2011. The restart of the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai plant is “the first step toward rebuilding ...

Jun 19, 2015

Mount Shindake erupts for second consecutive day off Kagoshima

Mount Shindake erupted Friday for the second day in a row, the Meteorological Agency said. The volcano on Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture ejected a plume of smoke about 200 meters above the vent at around 9:43 a.m., the agency said. The island was ...

Jun 2, 2015

Rainy season in southwestern Japan arouses volcanic mud flow fears

The rainy season has started in southwestern Japan, the Meteorological Agency said Tuesday, arousing concern of volcanic mud flows on Kuchinoerabu Island where Mount Shindake erupted late last week. Friday’s eruption spewed out volcanic ash and pyroclastic flow, forcing all 137 residents to evacuate. ...