Jan 11, 2016

Magnitude-4.5 quake hits northeastern Japan; no tsunami alert

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 jolted northeastern Japan on Monday, but there were no fears of tsunami, the Meteorological Agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the 3:26 p.m. quake that was centered in Aomori Prefecture ...

Hokkaido rainstorm claims one; seven hurt; transport disrupted

Oct 9, 2015

Hokkaido rainstorm claims one; seven hurt; transport disrupted

One person died and seven others suffered injuries due to a heavy rainstorm caused by an extratropical cyclone that approached the eastern part of Hokkaido on Thursday afternoon after transforming from a strong typhoon around noon the same day. The Meteorological Agency warned against ...

Sep 2, 2015

Sakurajima alert level lowered as fears of major eruption ease

The Meteorological Agency on Tuesday downgraded its volcanic warning level for Sakurajima, a mountain that looms over the city of Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. It said the risk of a larger-than-usual eruption has diminished. Citing a reduction in the number of volcanic earthquakes detected, the ...

Aug 17, 2015

Heavy rain warning issued for wide areas of Japan

The Meteorological Agency warned Monday of heavy rain in eastern and western Japan through Tuesday, calling for caution against possible flooding. On Monday, hourly rainfall reached 76.0 mm in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, and 58.0 mm in Aisai, Aichi Prefecture. The Hiroshima Municipal Government issued ...

Volcanic activity slows at Sakurajima but alert remains in force

Aug 17, 2015

Volcanic activity slows at Sakurajima but alert remains in force

Volcanic activity at Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture has quieted down after intensifying Saturday morning, but the Meteorological Agency said Monday it will remain on alert for signs of a major eruption. Tectonic movements indicating swelling of the mountain has also slowed, the agency ...

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

Aug 4, 2015

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

The Meteorological Agency has launched a system to immediately inform local residents and hikers of an eruption at any of the country’s 47 monitored volcanoes. Residents and climbers are to receive prompt notice of which volcano has erupted and when. The notification will come ...