Jul 13, 2015

Temblor rattles Oita area; Ikata nuclear plant said OK

An earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck Kyushu early Monday, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami were reported. The 2:52 a.m. temblor’s epicenter was in southern Oita, according to the agency. The focus was around 60 km underground. The Ikata nuclear power ...

Jul 10, 2015

Predawn M5.7 quake jolts Iwate; no disruptions reported

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck Iwate Prefecture early Friday morning, the Meteorological Agency said. It said there was no risk of tsunami. Firefighters said a woman in her 70s in the prefectural capital Morioka was hurt after falling following the ...

Forensic artist's images reunited tsunami dead

Jul 10, 2015

Forensic artist's images reunited tsunami dead

It takes more than a keen eye and an agile hand to give a semblance of life to the dead. But for former police forensic artist Shuichi Abe, 65, it is a profession he aims to pass down through generations of police officers after ...

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 ...