Aug 31, 2016

Lower 5 quake jolts Kumamoto but no damage reported

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake on Wednesday jolted Kumamoto Prefecture and other parts of Kyushu that were damaged by deadly temblors in April, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami alert was issued after the 7:46 p.m. quake, which originated under the city of Kumamoto, the agency ...

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Aug 28, 2016

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for he high death toll from Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster. As questions mount over the deaths of nearly 300 people, prosecutor ...

Italy mourns quake dead as hope for survivors wanes

Aug 27, 2016

Italy mourns quake dead as hope for survivors wanes

Hopes were fading Saturday of finding more survivors under the rubble of central Italy’s devastating earthquake. The first funerals for victims were held Friday as the country prepared for an emotionally charged day of mourning. Flags were to fly at half-staff across the country ...

Questions mount after Italy quake

Aug 26, 2016

Questions mount after Italy quake

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 250 on Thursday as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. The bulk of the confirmed deaths were in the small town of Amatrice, where ...

Renzi faces challenges over economy following deadly quake

| Aug 25, 2016

Renzi faces challenges over economy following deadly quake

The powerful earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday morning, killing at least 247 people, will pose a challenge to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as he tries to speed up the country’s economy and overhaul its political system. The quake struck at 3:36 a.m. ...

Powerful quake flattens villages in central Italy

Aug 24, 2016

Powerful quake flattens villages in central Italy

A powerful magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, devastating mountain villages and leaving at least 37 people dead. Local officials indicated the death toll was likely to rise. Numerous buildings collapsed in small communities close to the epicenter of the quake in a ...

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

Aug 16, 2016

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

Kumamoto residents observed a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the fourth month since the April quake that struck wide areas of Kyushu, killing 72 people in the prefecture. “Many people still have to put up with inconvenience in their everyday lives, but the ...

Aug 15, 2016

Kumamoto quakes raise fears over restart at Ikata nuclear plant

People living near Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture fear a repeat of the Fukushima disaster, especially after devastating quakes shook Kyushu in April. The plant’s No. 3 reactor was fired up Friday, leading some to anticipate economic benefits for ...