Nov 28, 2016

High school students vow to lead anti-disaster efforts

At a two-day summit held in the town of Kuroshio in Kochi Prefecture, some 360 high school students from 30 countries around the world, including Japan, vowed to become future leaders in promoting measures against natural disasters. In the “Kuroshio Declaration,” adopted Saturday, the ...

Giant new dome set to keep Chernobyl safe for generations

Nov 27, 2016

Giant new dome set to keep Chernobyl safe for generations

The world’s largest metal moveable structure will be unveiled Tuesday over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s doomed fourth reactor in Ukraine to ensure the safety of future generations across Europe. The giant arch — nearly as long as two soccer fields and taller than ...

Nov 18, 2016

Families love pets but lack disaster plans, survey finds

Pets are part of the family for 80.5 percent of some 3,500 people who were asked whether they would flee with their animals during a natural disaster. Despite this, just 4.2 percent of those surveyed had contingency plans in place for their pets. The ...

Relieved tourists escape New Zealand quake town

Nov 16, 2016

Relieved tourists escape New Zealand quake town

Rescuers in New Zealand on Wednesday completed a mass evacuation of tourists stranded after a devastating earthquake, as officials in the capital Wellington sealed off dozens of potentially dangerous office blocks. The last of the trapped vacationers boarded the navy ship HMNZS Canterbury late ...

Oct 30, 2016

The tsunami deaths lawsuit

The case shouldn't be closed on the tsunami disaster at Okawa Elementary School until all testimony is heard and all evidence weighed.

Oct 28, 2016

Taiwanese man detained over huge carrot hoard

A Taiwanese man has been detained for hoarding 300 tons of carrots in what authorities say was a bid to manipulate prices. Investigators in the southern city of Kaohsiung have been probing fruit and vegetable prices, which have remained high since back-to-back typhoons battered ...

Typhoon kills at least four in Philippines

Oct 20, 2016

Typhoon kills at least four in Philippines

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least four people as it destroyed houses, tore roofs off schools and uprooted giant trees on Thursday. Typhoon Haima struck late on Wednesday with winds similar to those of the catastrophic ...