Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

Jul 15, 2015

Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

As a nation that has suffered two large-scale natural catastrophes in the past two decades — in 1995 and 2011 — Japan has become known for its disaster prevention and risk reduction measures. In the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, Japan began ...

Jul 6, 2015

China using animals to predict earthquakes: report

Chinese government researchers are using chickens, fish and toads to try to predict earthquakes, media reported. The seismological bureau in the eastern city of Nanjing has transformed seven animal farms into seismic stations, the China Daily newspaper reported last week. Breeders on the farms ...

Jun 25, 2015

Quake insurance premiums to rise an average of 19%

A Japanese government advisory panel approved a proposal on Wednesday to raise earthquake insurance premiums by an average of 19 percent in stages, starting in January 2017. It will be the first hike since July 2014 for premiums on earthquake insurance policies jointly offered ...

Jun 19, 2015

Big injections of wastewater trigger quakes: study

The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in quakes in America’s heartland ...

Jun 15, 2015

Fukushima to end housing aid for voluntary evacuees

The Fukushima Prefectural Government said Monday it will stop providing free housing at the end of March 2017 to nuclear evacuees whose homes are in official evacuation zones. Housing assistance to the voluntary evacuees, currently set to expire in March 2016, will be terminated ...

Quake-proofing efforts lag at Fukushima schools

| Jun 15, 2015

Quake-proofing efforts lag at Fukushima schools

Education ministry data released earlier this month showed that only 84.9 percent of public elementary and junior high school buildings in Fukushima Prefecture had been quake-proofed as of April 1, 10.7 points below the national average. Of the 2,053 buildings, 310 still need renovation ...

Jun 9, 2015

M4.7 quake hits Tokyo, surrounding region; no tsunami alert

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 struck Tokyo and its surrounding region on Tuesday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, No tsunami alert was issued. The 5:44 a.m. temblor occurred in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of about 50 ...