Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

Aug 24, 2014

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

More than 10 years after landslide disaster legislation took effect, 32 of the 47 prefectures have yet to finish the on-site research it orders, it was learned Sunday. It’s estimated there are some 520,000 possibly dangerous areas, such as steep slopes and alluvial fans. ...

Mudslides kill 36 in Hiroshima

Aug 20, 2014

Mudslides kill 36 in Hiroshima

At least 36 people were confirmed dead and seven remained missing after torrential rain sparked flooding and landslides in the city of Hiroshima on Wednesday, according to police. A 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead after being buried for two hours in a mudslide, while ...

Lakes formed by earthquake in China threaten flooding

Aug 5, 2014

Lakes formed by earthquake in China threaten flooding

Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and has left thousands homeless. Rescue teams have freed scores of trapped survivors as they dig ...

Rescuers scramble after nearly 400 die in China quake

Aug 4, 2014

Rescuers scramble after nearly 400 die in China quake

An intense rescue operation was under way in China Monday after an earthquake killed at least 381 people and injured thousands more, leaving scenes of devastation across a mountainous area. More than 12,000 houses collapsed and 30,000 were damaged in the quake zone in ...

Largest LED veggie factory built in quake-hit city

Jul 3, 2014

Largest LED veggie factory built in quake-hit city

The world’s largest vegetable factory to make use of light-emitting diodes has been built in one of the cities damaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the factory’s operator said. Mirai Co., a Tokyo-based company that runs vegetable growing factories, said ...

Pritzker-winning architect Ban sticks to disaster areas

Jun 14, 2014

Pritzker-winning architect Ban sticks to disaster areas

Architect Shigeru Ban has formally accepted the 2014 Pritzker Prize with a vow to continue supporting people in stricken areas around the world, saying building designers have a responsibility to people caught up in disasters. “An earthquake doesn’t kill people, but the collapse of ...

Focus now on Afghan families displaced by slide

May 5, 2014

Focus now on Afghan families displaced by slide

As Afghans observed a day of mourning Sunday for the hundreds of people killed in a horrific landslide, authorities tried to help the 700 families displaced by the torrent of mud that swept through their village. The families left their homes due to the ...

Afghan villagers tell of landslide

May 4, 2014

Afghan villagers tell of landslide

One minute there was a hill behind his picturesque village, and the next Ataullah watched helplessly as tons of mud split away and tumbled down toward the home where his children were playing and his wife was preparing lunch. He never saw them again, ...

Rescuers struggle to help Afghans hit by massive landslide

May 4, 2014

Rescuers struggle to help Afghans hit by massive landslide

Afghan rescuers and volunteers armed with shovels and little more than their bare hands dug through the mud Saturday after a massive landslide swept through a village the day before, turning it into an earthen tomb holding hundreds of bodies, officials said. The government ...

At least 2,100 dead in Afghan landslide

May 3, 2014

At least 2,100 dead in Afghan landslide

A landslide triggered by heavy rain buried large sections of a remote northeastern Afghan village Friday, killing at least 2,100 people. “More then 2,100 people from 300 families are all dead,” said Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor. The United Nations ...