Mass beaching fuels fears of impending quake

Apr 12, 2015

Mass beaching fuels fears of impending quake

The mass beaching of over 150 melon-headed whales on Japan’s shores has fueled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country — the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed over 18,000 people. Despite a lack of scientific evidence linking ...

Mar 31, 2015

New plan aims to halve Tokyo quake deaths, damage

The government said Tuesday the estimated death toll from a predicted major earthquake directly beneath the Tokyo metropolitan area could be halved from 23,000 if authorities adopt a new 10-year risk management plan. Officials said they also aim to reduce by 50 percent the ...

Mar 25, 2015

NRA concludes fault under Tsuruga reactor is active

The Nuclear Regulation Authority determined Wednesday that a reactor at Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast in Fukui Prefecture sits directly above an active geological fault — which may force the unit to be shut down permanently. ...

Mar 18, 2015

Tohoku tsunami debris still washing up on shores in U.S., Canada

Debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday. About 1 million tons of debris ...

Strong earthquake shakes Colombia

Mar 11, 2015

Strong earthquake shakes Colombia

A deep 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Colombia on Tuesday and was felt as far away as the capital Bogota, in the center of the country, where some buildings were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of victims or major damage, though car crashes were ...