Kyushu landslides triggered by downpour leave woman in coma

Jun 29, 2016

Kyushu landslides triggered by downpour leave woman in coma

Two people are in comas following heavy rain in Kyushu on Tuesday and Wednesday, which triggered landslides in Kagoshima and Nagasaki prefectures. According to the Meteorological Agency, 61.5 mm of rain per hour was reported in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Wednesday morning, following 263 ...

Kagoshima isle neutering 3,000 cats in bid to protect rare rabbits

May 9, 2016

Kagoshima isle neutering 3,000 cats in bid to protect rare rabbits

Three municipalities on a remote island in Kagoshima Prefecture are midway through an unprecedented project to neuter all 3,000 resident felines in order to protect native rabbits. The rare bunnies are designated as a special national treasure. Only around 200 Amami rabbits are thought ...

Small plane damaged during landing mishap at Kagoshima Airport

Mar 22, 2016

Small plane damaged during landing mishap at Kagoshima Airport

A small plane that attempted to land at Kagoshima Airport ended up stopping in the middle of its sole runway Monday after sustaining damage to its propeller and landing gear. The transport ministry’s Kagoshima Airport office said the aircraft’s 49-year-old male pilot and four ...

Mount Sakurajima erupts in fiery blast

Feb 5, 2016

Mount Sakurajima erupts in fiery blast

Mount Sakurajima, a volcano that overlooks the city of Kagoshima, erupted Friday with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope. The Meteorological Agency said Sakurajima, which is about 50 km from Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, ...

Jan 12, 2016

Kagoshima holds annual disaster drill for Mount Sakurajima

The city and prefecture of Kagoshima held the 46th annual disaster drill Tuesday to prepare for a large-scale eruption of Mount Sakurajima. This year, Korean and Chinese were added to evacuation advisory languages. Last August, the eruption warning level for the temperamental volcano was ...

Dec 20, 2015

Nuclear disaster drill held near Japan's only rebooted plant

Following its reactivation earlier this year, a nuclear disaster drill was held around the country’s sole working nuclear power plant on Sunday. About 3,600 officials and residents took part in the event to prepare for the possibility of a serious accident within 30 km ...

Mount Sakurajima alert level lowered as volcanic activity diminishes

Nov 25, 2015

Mount Sakurajima alert level lowered as volcanic activity diminishes

The Meteorological Agency on Wednesday downgraded its warning level for Kagoshima Prefecture’s Mount Sakurajima, citing diminished volcanic activity. With no major eruptions observed since Sept. 17, the agency lowered the alert level for the 1,117-meter volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture on the 5-point scale from ...