Relieved tourists escape New Zealand quake town

Nov 16, 2016

Relieved tourists escape New Zealand quake town

Rescuers in New Zealand on Wednesday completed a mass evacuation of tourists stranded after a devastating earthquake, as officials in the capital Wellington sealed off dozens of potentially dangerous office blocks. The last of the trapped vacationers boarded the navy ship HMNZS Canterbury late ...

All 4,300 temporary homes completed in quake-hit Kumamoto

Nov 14, 2016

All 4,300 temporary homes completed in quake-hit Kumamoto

Construction of all temporary housing units in Kumamoto Prefecture was completed Monday, paving the way for people forced from their homes by last April’s powerful earthquakes to start rebuilding their lives. The last 42 homes to be finished were in the town of Mifune, ...

Nov 13, 2016

Powerful quake strikes near New Zealand city of Christchurch

A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand near the city of Christchurch early Monday, with strong jolts causing some damage to buildings over 200 km (120 miles) away in the capital, Wellington. New Zealand emergency services warned that a tsunami was possible and told people ...

Nov 12, 2016

Moderate quake hits northeastern Japan, but no tsunami warning issued

An earthquake with a preliminary 5.8-magnitude jolted northeastern Japan on Saturday morning, the weather agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. East Japan Railway Co. temporarily suspended services of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line between Sendai and Morioka stations following the 6:43 a.m. quake, while ...

Suntory restarts beer output at plant in quake-hit Kumamoto

Nov 9, 2016

Suntory restarts beer output at plant in quake-hit Kumamoto

Suntory Beer Ltd. partially resumed beer production at its factory in Kumamoto Prefecture on Tuesday, nearly seven months after strong earthquakes hit the prefecture. The beer and soft drink plant in the town of Kashima was the last to see production restart among major ...

Damage to Kumamoto Castle walls linked to 1889 Meiji temblor

Nov 6, 2016

Damage to Kumamoto Castle walls linked to 1889 Meiji temblor

Nearly 80 percent of the walls at Kumamoto Castle destroyed by Kyushu’s earthquakes in April had also been damaged by a strong 1889 earthquake that struck during the Meiji Era, the Kumamoto Municipal Government said. “The technology used to repair the stone walls of ...