May 19, 2016

JFA to donate ¥25 million to Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association said Thursday a revenue of ¥25 million ($227,250) raised from this month’s charity match between Japan’s Under-23 team and Ghana will be donated to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan’s U-23s won 3-0 last week in Tosu, in nearby Saga Prefecture, almost ...

May 19, 2016

Emperor, Empress visit quake-hit Kumamoto

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday visited Kumamoto Prefecture for the first time since the region was hit by powerful earthquakes last month. After arriving at Kumamoto Airport in the town of Mashiki early in the afternoon, the Imperial Couple headed for the ...

M6.7, 6.8 aftershocks from April temblor jolt Ecuador anew; six hurt

May 19, 2016

M6.7, 6.8 aftershocks from April temblor jolt Ecuador anew; six hurt

Two powerful earthquakes jolted Ecuador on Wednesday, a magnitude-6.7 early morning temblor followed by a 6.8 shake around midday. The extent of damage from the second quake was not immediately clear, though President Rafael Correa announced on Twitter some areas along the coast had ...

May 16, 2016

Kumamoto quakes, one month on

The Kumamoto quakes show that efforts must be stepped up to improve the quake-resistance of houses, hospitals, government facilities and other structures.

May 14, 2016

Strong quakes still possible in Kumamoto, research panel says

Residents of Kumamoto Prefecture and nearby areas should keep their guard up because strong aftershocks of the deadly earthquakes in mid-April may still occur, a government panel said Friday. An aftershock of around lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, which goes up ...

May 9, 2016

10% of hospitals short of quake-resistance standards: ministry survey

A tenth of the nation’s hospitals are not fully quake-resistant, with some or all of their buildings failing to meet national quake-proofing standards, a recently released health ministry survey says. About 70 percent of the 8,477 hospitals nationwide surveyed last September said all of ...