Jun 9, 2015

M4.7 quake hits Tokyo, surrounding region; no tsunami alert

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 struck Tokyo and its surrounding region on Tuesday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, No tsunami alert was issued. The 5:44 a.m. temblor occurred in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of about 50 ...

Jun 8, 2015

Earthquake death toll rises to 16 on Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu

The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia’s highest peak rose to 16 Monday as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing. A magnitude-5.9 earthquake Friday sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes on 4,095-meter-high (13,435-feet-high) ...

Jun 3, 2015

Ministry to require portable toilets, drinking water in elevators

The infrastructure ministry and the elevator industry agreed that drinking water and portable toilets should be stored in elevators in preparation for emergency stoppages after earthquakes, the ministry said. The agreement was reached at a meeting after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck near islands south ...

Suga calls for quicker elevator checks after earthquakes

Jun 1, 2015

Suga calls for quicker elevator checks after earthquakes

The infrastructure ministry has been asked to come up with ways to ensure elevators are restored faster following an earthquake after it emerged that tens of thousands of people were trapped in upper floors of skyscrapers and high-rise apartments on Saturday night. Chief Cabinet ...