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 ...

Feb 24, 2015

5.2-magnitude quake rocks central Spain

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Madrid and central Spain on Monday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Spain’s National Geographic Institute initially reported the quake, which hit at 5:16 pm (1616 GMT), as having a magnitude of 5.4 but ...

Two quakes shake Tohoku; small tsunami hits coast

Feb 17, 2015

Two quakes shake Tohoku; small tsunami hits coast

An earthquake measuring upper-5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 shook Aomori Prefecture and other parts of the north on Tuesday afternoon, hours after another temblor triggered a small tsunami. The second instance did not result in a tsunami alert. The quake ...

Feb 10, 2015

Numerical targets eyed for U.N. action plan to reduce disasters

A new action plan to be adopted next month at the U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai may contain numerical targets aimed at reducing the number of victims and economic loss during disasters, a U.N. special representative on disasters said. Margareta ...