Jun 4, 2015

Magnitude-5 temblor rocks Hokkaido; no tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 struck Hokkaido early Thursday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, adding that it poses no tsunami risk. The epicenter of the 4:34 a.m. quake is the Kushiro region in the western part of the island, originating from ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tsunami zone volunteer becomes Shinto priest

Feb 6, 2015

Tsunami zone volunteer becomes Shinto priest

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When caregiver Kazutoshi Fujimoto first visited the town of Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, he was volunteering because he had heard the recovery from the March 2011 quake and tsunami was going slow. The decision turned out to be a life-changing one because it led him ...

Jan 6, 2015

Powerful quake jolts Christchurch; no damage or injuries

A powerful magnitude-5.6 earthquake Tuesday jolted awake many residents in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. The quake struck at 6:48 a.m. local time, according to the United States Geological Survey. The epicenter ...

Jan 5, 2015

U.N. disaster conference scheduled for Sendai in March

Tens of thousands of civil servants and representatives of nongovernmental organizations are to meet in the Tohoku region this spring to examine global approaches to disaster response. The U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in the city of Sendai from ...

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

Dec 19, 2014

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

An advisory panel to the Miyagi Prefectural Government said Thursday it will recommend that four facilities wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami be preserved as memorials of the tragedy. The buildings include the three-story disaster headquarters in the town of Minamisanriku, where ...