Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Mar 28, 2014

Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Rescuers searching for 90 people still missing five days after a massive mudslide in Washington state braced the public Thursday for an impending steep rise in the death toll even as they deflected criticism of the early disaster response. At least 25 people are ...

New debris estimates soar for Nankai Trough quake

Mar 1, 2014

New debris estimates soar for Nankai Trough quake

The combined amount of debris from a projected Nankai Trough quake, as well as sediment washed ashore by the subsequent tsunami, could total as much as 349 million tons, some 11 times the amount caused by the March 2011 Tohoku disaster, the Environment Ministry ...

Feb 23, 2014

Iwate, Miyagi to finish quake debris disposal in March

Iwate and Miyagi prefectures plan to complete their debris disposal work from the Great East Japan Earthquake by the end of March, as scheduled. Of the 16.94 million tons of debris generated by the quake and tsunami in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, some ...

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

Jan 20, 2014

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

A strong magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The quake, which struck at 3:52 p.m., was centered in the North Island about 115 km northeast ...

Crown Prince plays viola made of tsunami debris

Jul 8, 2013

Crown Prince plays viola made of tsunami debris

Crown Prince Naruhito on Sunday played a viola made of driftwood from a tsunami-ravaged city in Tohoku during a concert held by his alma mater’s orchestra. The viola, built by Tokyo violin maker Muneyuki Nakazawa, also contains part of the famed “miracle pine” that ...

Tohoku artifacts reach U.S. coast

Mar 27, 2013

Tohoku artifacts reach U.S. coast

Part of a torii gate and a wooden statue of Ebisu, the Japanese god of luck, were found on the U.S. West Coast this month, leaving residents wondering if they were swept to sea by the March 11, 2011, tsunami that hit the Tohoku ...

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

Mar 26, 2013

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

A 330-ton fishing vessel carried hundreds of meters inland by the March 11, 2011, tsunami will probably be dismantled instead of preserved as a memorial to the tragedy, the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, said Monday. According to Kesennuma Mayor Shigeru Sugawara, Katsuyuki Yanai, ...