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 ...

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Jan 17, 2014

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Memorial ceremonies Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which devastated Kobe and the surrounding area, resulting in the loss of 6,434 lives. Survivors of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami joined Kansai residents at the ceremonies, observing a moment ...

Distributors busily preparing for predicted massive Tokyo quake

Jan 16, 2014

Distributors busily preparing for predicted massive Tokyo quake

Distributors are stepping up efforts to prepare for the large-scale earthquake predicted to hit directly under Tokyo with a 70 percent probability in the next 30 years. If such an earthquake were to occur, supermarkets and convenience stores in the metropolis would quickly run ...

Dec 31, 2013

Tokyo financial markets say they can withstand quakes

A powerful earthquake directly beneath central Tokyo could leave securities trading suspended, but only temporarily, according to a government panel looking into disaster preparations. While the Bank of Japan, the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Japanese Bankers Association have business continuity plans in place ...