Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

Aug 4, 2014

Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, killing at least two people and probably many more as horrified villagers watched from the shore, authorities said. It was unclear exactly how many people were on board the M.V. Pinak because ...

Jul 18, 2014

Woman loses another relative in another Malaysia Airlines disaster

In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine. Kaylene Mann’s brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows ...

Missile took down jet in Ukraine: source

Jul 18, 2014

Missile took down jet in Ukraine: source

American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash. ...

Jun 3, 2014

Abe government backs beefed-up quake preparedness goals

The Abe administration has decided on a set of goals to boost preparedness for major earthquakes and other disasters, including increasing the number of quake-resistant homes and firefighting units tasked with providing emergency relief. In endorsing the a basic plan to improve disaster preparedness ...

May 19, 2014

Miyagi teachers release 'to-do' list for tsunami preparation

The Miyagi Prefecture teachers’ union is urging other professionals to draw on lessons learned in the 2011 tsunami zone before disaster strikes again. The union has sent about 15,000 copies of a to-do list to teachers’ unions and other organizations across the country, encouraging ...

Fukushima evacuee writes book on ordeal

Mar 3, 2014

Fukushima evacuee writes book on ordeal

A woman who fled her hometown near the Fukushima No. 1 power plant during the nuclear crisis in 2011 has published an illustrated book depicting the struggles of those who were forced to relocate by the radioactive fallout. With the book titled “Someday . ...

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

Feb 26, 2014

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

The nation has lost its sense of crisis since the massive quake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011, warns Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba. “The situation now is more serious than I imagined immediately after the disaster,” Toba said during an interview ...

Amphibious flood vehicle unveiled

Feb 20, 2014

Amphibious flood vehicle unveiled

Motorcycle chain manufacturer Daido Kogyo Co. said Wednesday it has developed a small electric vehicle that can move across the water in floods and other disaster situations. The company in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, aims to start selling the four-seat car, dubbed FOMM Concept One, ...