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. ...

Jun 8, 2014

Magnitude-5.2 earthquake jolts Tohoku

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 jolted northeastern parts of Japan on Sunday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency reported. The quake struck at 2:24 p.m. at a depth of around 70 km on the southern coast of Iwate Prefecture, the agency said. In ...

May 4, 2014

Quake of magnitude 6.6 strikes south of Fiji

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck deep in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday about 525 km (328 miles) south of Suva, Fiji, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS initially estimated the magnitude at 6.8 and revised it to 6.6. It reported ...

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 ...