Quake rocks central Tokyo; 16 hurt

May 5, 2014

Quake rocks central Tokyo; 16 hurt

An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 jolted central Tokyo on Monday morning — the strongest temblor to shake the capital since the Great East Japan Earthquake three years ago. No major damage was reported, but the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said ...

Oshima to be designated special disaster area: Abe

Oct 27, 2013

Oshima to be designated special disaster area: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island on Sunday and said it will be put on the fast track for designation as an area hit by a “disaster of extreme severity.” The designation would allow communities on the island about 120 km south ...

Oshima resumes hunt for missing

Oct 21, 2013

Oshima resumes hunt for missing

As meteorologists warned of another “very strong” storm, the search resumed Monday for 18 people still missing after last week’s typhoon-sparked landslides on Izu-Oshima Island, 120 km south of Tokyo. Following a weekend halt due to rough weather, emergency crews were back combing through ...

Oct 20, 2013

Improving disaster responses

Although it was known early on that a powerful typhoon would strike Tokyo's Izu-Oshima Island, disaster plans stalled and the storm left 49 people dead or missing.

| Oct 17, 2013

Despite deluge, no evacuation alert on island

Despite the Meteorological Agency’s alerts for an “extraordinary situation” anticipated from powerful Typhoon Wipha, no evacuation advisory was issued on Izu-Oshima, a small island south of Tokyo in the Pacific, where at least 22 people were killed and dozens remain missing. The failure to ...

Rescuers comb Izu-Oshima mudslide for typhoon survivors

Oct 17, 2013

Rescuers comb Izu-Oshima mudslide for typhoon survivors

Rescuers on Izu-Oshima Island picked through mud and shattered buildings Thursday, the day after Typhoon Wipha killed at least 22 residents, while dozens more whose homes were engulfed by a landslide remain missing. Hundreds of police officers, firefighters and troops searched through the night ...

Typhoon leaves 18 dead on Tokyo isle, in metro area

Oct 16, 2013

Typhoon leaves 18 dead on Tokyo isle, in metro area

Typhoon Wipha brought strong winds and heavy rains to Tokyo early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people on Izu-Oshima Island and disrupting metropolitan area transportation systems during the morning rush hour. On Izu-Oshima, which is in the Pacific about 120 km south of Tokyo, ...