Jul 30, 2015

Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake

Officials in the Philippines, which has been hit by several natural disasters in recent years, said they expect a large number of people to participate in a drill Thursday to prepare metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces for a feared magnitude-7.2 earthquake from an active ...

Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

Jul 15, 2015

Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

As a nation that has suffered two large-scale natural catastrophes in the past two decades — in 1995 and 2011 — Japan has become known for its disaster prevention and risk reduction measures. In the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, Japan began ...

Forest fire blazes in Chernobyl off-limits zone

Jun 30, 2015

Forest fire blazes in Chernobyl off-limits zone

Fire has engulfed a large section of the exclusion zone around the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, authorities said Tuesday. It was unclear if the blaze has hit parts of the zone heavily contaminated by radiation from the 1986 reactor explosion and fire, ...

Quake-proofing efforts lag at Fukushima schools

| Jun 15, 2015

Quake-proofing efforts lag at Fukushima schools

Education ministry data released earlier this month showed that only 84.9 percent of public elementary and junior high school buildings in Fukushima Prefecture had been quake-proofed as of April 1, 10.7 points below the national average. Of the 2,053 buildings, 310 still need renovation ...

Students think outside the bowl with designs for emergency toilets

Mar 26, 2015

Students think outside the bowl with designs for emergency toilets

Unique emergency toilets designed by groups of industrious high school girls are drawing praise as Japan looks for new ways to prepare for its next natural disaster. The students turned to the drawing board after being inspired by disaster-preparedness lessons at school, and some ...