Apr 14, 2014

M7.5 earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday night, hours after a 7.6 tremor, the U.S. Geological Survey said. A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua ...

Apr 9, 2014

Chile response to giant quake drew on 3/11

A senior Chilean government official said lessons learned from Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters as well as from the 2010 huge temblor in Chile were useful in dealing with a powerful earthquake that hit his country last week. “There is a lot we ...

Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery

Apr 3, 2014

Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery

by Ryotaro Nakamaru

A little more than three years after the devastating earthquake paralyzed the northeast, coastal communities shattered by the ensuing tsunami are slowly returning to normal. Shops that were destroyed are gradually reopening. Residents forced to evacuate to distant parts are returning to their hometowns. ...

Powerful quake kills five in Chile

Apr 2, 2014

Powerful quake kills five in Chile

Authorities kept hundreds of thousands of people out of their beds early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast. Five people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the ...

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

Mar 21, 2014

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

by Makoto Sekiya

People with disabilities living in Fukushima Prefecture are doing their best to promote the area by making craft goods that are proving popular both at home and overseas. Before the 2011 disasters and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, a ...

Kagome turns to Tohoku to grow its tomatoes

| Mar 21, 2014

Kagome turns to Tohoku to grow its tomatoes

Nagoya company Kagome Co. is promoting tomato cultivation in areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The tomato ketchup and vegetable-based beverage maker has been expanding local production of tomatoes as part of its goal to produce its tomato juice entirely within ...

Earthquake safety book for children wins praise

Mar 14, 2014

Earthquake safety book for children wins praise

An illustrated book created by a nonprofit organization in Aichi Prefecture to inform children how to protect themselves in an earthquake is winning wide-ranging praise. The NPO Kasumin, based in the city of Kasugai, issued “Jishin ga Kitara — Bosai-ehon” (“When a Quake Hits ...

Mar 11, 2014

JR West stages Kii tsunami exercise

In preparation for an anticipated major quake in the Nankai Trough, West Japan Railway Co. held an earthquake emergency drill Tuesday on the southern coastline of the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture. The exercise, on the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, ...

Governments not ready for disaster

Mar 9, 2014

Governments not ready for disaster

As many as 22 percent of municipalities across the country do not have stockpiles of fuel to operate emergency generators for half a day or longer, according to a survey of major local governments. Of the 98 governments — prefectures, ordinance-designated major cities and ...