No major damage after magnitude 5.3 quake hits Kagoshima Bay

Jul 11, 2017

No major damage after magnitude 5.3 quake hits Kagoshima Bay

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit Kagoshima Bay on Tuesday, the Meteorological Agency said, with no major damage reported.The 11:56 a.m. temblor, originating at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, registered upper 5 on the seven-level Japanese seismic scale ...

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake kills at least two in Philippines

Jul 7, 2017

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake kills at least two in Philippines

A strong earthquake damaged a power plant, caused landslides and cracked buildings and roads in the central Philippines, injuring scores of people and cutting off outlying villages. An east-central area of the archipelago was without power Friday, and the army sent soldiers and engineers ...

Two injured by upper 5 quake in southern Nagano

Jun 25, 2017

Two injured by upper 5 quake in southern Nagano

A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 injured two people in southern Nagano Prefecture early Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said.The temblor, which struck at around 7 a.m., registered as an upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7 in the town ...

Quake simulators draw foreign tourists to disaster learning sites

Jun 11, 2017

Quake simulators draw foreign tourists to disaster learning sites

Earthquake simulators have become tourist draws at disaster education centers nationwide, with a growing number of foreign visitors eager to learn about the hazards of life in a seismically active country.With the number of foreign visitors rapdily surging, some of the centers have begun ...

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 Islands ...

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 vulnerable ...