Aug 11, 2014

Nippon Yusen to ship aid supplies for China quake victims

Nippon Yusen K.K. will help ship relief supplies to victims of the recent earthquake in Yunnan province in southern China, company officials said. In 2004, the Nippon Yusen group launched a transportation project for disaster-relief supplies with Japan Platform, an international humanitarian organization that ...

Aug 10, 2014

Magnitude-6.1 quake strikes Aomori, no major damage reported

An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.1 jolted Tohoku on Sunday, but no major damage was reported. The tremor, which struck at around 12:43 p.m., measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, in the town of Shichinohe, Aomori Prefecture, ...

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 ...

Jul 29, 2014

900 join Tohoku reconstruction gratitude relay

About 900 people are running or riding bicycles in a 1,000-km relay to show their support for reconstruction in the Tohoku region that was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and its monster tsunami in 2011. On Thursday, all of the participants, ...

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

Jul 22, 2014

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

by Kayo Mimizuka

With the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture poised to be restarted as early as this fall, experts and critics are pointing to flaws in the evacuation plan drawn up by prefectural authorities, stirring doubt among nearby residents. Municipalities within 30 km of nuclear ...

Safety of Niigata power plant worries locals

Jul 21, 2014

Safety of Niigata power plant worries locals

Seven years have passed since the massive Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture, but residents around Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant still worry about how safe it is. When the magnitude-6.8 quake struck on July 16, 2007, a transformer at the nuclear ...

Jul 8, 2014

Quake shakes Hokkaido; no tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Hokkaido on Tuesday evening, but no tsunami alert was issued, the Meteorological Agency said. The 6:05 p.m. quake originated in the southern Ishikari region and the focus of the quake was shallow, the agency said. ...