Feb 23, 2014

Iwate, Miyagi to finish quake debris disposal in March

Iwate and Miyagi prefectures plan to complete their debris disposal work from the Great East Japan Earthquake by the end of March, as scheduled. Of the 16.94 million tons of debris generated by the quake and tsunami in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, some ...

Feb 22, 2014

N.Z. city marks 2011 quake anniversary

A memorial service commemorating the third anniversary of the Christchurch quake, which claimed the lives of 185 people, including 28 Japanese students, was held Saturday in the city’s botanical gardens. The civic ceremony was attended by Senior Vice Foreign Minister Norio Mitsuya, Japanese Ambassador ...

Feb 20, 2014

Fukushima stress deaths top 3/11 toll

Stress and other illnesses related to the 2011 quake and tsunami has killed 1,656 people in Fukushima Prefecture, outnumbering the 1,607 whose deaths were directly tied to disaster-caused injuries.

Feb 13, 2014

Prefectures hardest hit by 2011 quake woefully short of personnel

Fifty municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures hardest hit by the March 2011 earthquake are likely to have a personnel shortage of more than 2,500 in fiscal 2014, which begins April 1, raising concerns about delay in reconstruction work, the municipalities said Thursday. ...

Feb 12, 2014

Strong quake shakes China; no casualties reported

A powerful earthquake struck a sparsely populated area of China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, damaging some houses, though no casualties were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.9 quake was centered 268 km east-southeast of Hotan at a depth of ...

| Feb 8, 2014

Frost quake

A frost quake (shimo jishin, or 霜地震) is produced when soil or groundwater that has become saturated with water after a period of heavy rainfall freezes and expands after a sharp drop in air temperature. The earth subsequently cracks, creating a loud popping sound ...

Jan 24, 2014

Quake will cut water to 94% of Osaka

A powerful earthquake originating in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast could cut off tap water to roughly 8.32 million people in Osaka, or 94 percent of the prefecture's residents, Osaka Prefecture says.

Jan 22, 2014

Picture book memorializes lost sons

“Thank you for being born to us” — this is a message from two mothers, who each lost a young son in a major disaster, in a picture book they published together this month. In “Yasashii Akari ni Tsutsumarete,” (“Clad in a Gentle Light”), ...

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

Jan 20, 2014

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

A strong magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The quake, which struck at 3:52 p.m., was centered in the North Island about 115 km northeast ...