May 25, 2017

Early warning systems still missing in 100 countries, U.N. says

Governments of 100 countries still lacking disaster early warning systems have a duty to invest in the projects, which could save lives and property, and reap longer-term economic benefits, the U.N.’s meteorological agency said. With vulnerable countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific ...

Disaster panel sets numerical targets for river, ocean dikes by 2020

May 19, 2017

Disaster panel sets numerical targets for river, ocean dikes by 2020

A government-appointed panel discussing ways to boost Japan’s ability to withstand natural disasters called on Friday for promoting river and coastal dike construction to prepare for powerful earthquakes. In its outline for the Action Plan for National Resilience 2017, the panel targeted areas thought ...

May 14, 2017

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northeast Iran leaves three dead

Iranian state TV says a magnitude 5.7 earthquake has left three people dead and about 200 injured in a remote area in the country’s northeast. The quake struck late Saturday near the town of Pishqaleh in a farming region close to the Turkmenistan border. ...

Earthquake kills eight in western China: report

May 11, 2017

Earthquake kills eight in western China: report

An earthquake rocked China’s western Xinjiang region on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring 23 as more than 1,500 homes crumbled, state media reported. The shallow magnitude 5.4 quake struck at 5:58 a.m., centered 213 kilometers (133 miles) south-southwest of the ancient Silk Road ...

Strong earthquake hits off Philippines, no major impact seen

Apr 29, 2017

Strong earthquake hits off Philippines, no major impact seen

A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country’s seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but witnesses ...

Apr 20, 2017

Two pre-dawn temblors rattle Ibaraki

Two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 4.4 and 4.2 struck Ibaraki Prefecture early Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said. The 2:13 a.m. and 4:46 a.m. temblors both originated in the northern part of the prefecture at a depth of about 10 km, registering 4 on ...