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 ...

Jul 23, 2016

Foreign families in Tokyo to host children affected by 2011 quake

A number of foreign families in the greater Tokyo area will join a summer homestay program starting July 31 to host children from single-parent homes affected by the 2011 earthquake in northeastern Japan. The nonprofit Mother Link Japan, which has organized the initiative, says ...

Jul 20, 2016

Ibaraki-centered M5 quake rocks Tokyo area but no tsunami alert

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 shook eastern Japan Wednesday morning, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, which struck at around 7:25 a.m., was centered on southern Ibaraki Prefecture and shook buildings ...