Oct 31, 2014

Host cities for 3/11 memorial centers selected

The government on Friday chose two cities to host memorial facilities for the victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. One will be built in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, and the other in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The basic design concepts will be determined in ...

Niigata remembers victims of 2004 quake

Oct 23, 2014

Niigata remembers victims of 2004 quake

Residents across Niigata Prefecture attended events on Thursday to remember the 68 people killed in the 2004 Niigata-Chuetsu earthquake. “We must convey the lessons from the disaster to the next generation,” Ojiya Mayor Yasuo Yatsui said at a 10th-anniversary memorial ceremony in Nagaoka co-sponsored ...

Oct 21, 2014

6-magnitude quake felt on Ecuador-Colombia border

A magnitude-6 earthquake rattled Ecuador’s border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 3:33 p.m. EDT, had a depth ...

Sep 16, 2014

Magnitude-5.6 quake hits north of Tokyo; no tsunami warning

A strong earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck in the Kanto region north of Tokyo on Tuesday, but no tsunami alert was issued. The 12:28 p.m. quake, which originated in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of around 50 ...

California quake hastens calls for warning system

Aug 27, 2014

California quake hastens calls for warning system

The earthquake that jolted California’s wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state’s effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under ...

Strong quake rocks California wine country, injuring dozens

Aug 25, 2014

Strong quake rocks California wine country, injuring dozens

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early on Sunday, injuring more than 100 people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa. The quake, the biggest in the region ...

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 ...