Mercury reaches 39.9 degrees Celsius in Gifu Prefecture city

Aug 1, 2015

Mercury reaches 39.9 degrees Celsius in Gifu Prefecture city

Extremely hot weather continued in many parts of Japan on Saturday, with the mercury in the city of Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture hitting 39.9 degrees Celsius, the highest in the country so far this summer. The high was registered around 3:20 p.m., the Meteorological ...

Jul 16, 2015

Heat wave claims seven more seniors

Seven more elderly people died, apparently of heat-related causes, on Wednesday around Japan as temperatures again exceeded 35, according to a Kyodo News tally of reports by local authorities. A day after the toll exceeded a dozen, the seven additional victims, aged 79 to ...

Jul 10, 2015

Predawn M5.7 quake jolts Iwate; no disruptions reported

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck Iwate Prefecture early Friday morning, the Meteorological Agency said. It said there was no risk of tsunami. Firefighters said a woman in her 70s in the prefectural capital Morioka was hurt after falling following the ...

Jun 19, 2015

Mount Asama pops again but volcanic alert level stays at 2

Mount Asama was hit by another small eruption Friday, spitting up ash three days after the volcano straddling Nagano and Gunma prefectures came to life earlier in the week, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption deposited a small amount of ash on a monitoring ...

Mount Asama erupts; officials warn of falling rocks

Jun 16, 2015

Mount Asama erupts; officials warn of falling rocks

Mount Asama, historically one of Japan’s most active volcanos, burst into life Tuesday morning for the first time in about six years, with the Meteorological Agency reporting a “very small-scale” eruption while also warning people nearby about falling rocks from further eruptions. “There are ...

Jun 4, 2015

Magnitude-5 temblor rocks Hokkaido; no tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 struck Hokkaido early Thursday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, adding that it poses no tsunami risk. The epicenter of the 4:34 a.m. quake is the Kushiro region in the western part of the island, originating from ...

Two quakes shake Tohoku; small tsunami hits coast

Feb 17, 2015

Two quakes shake Tohoku; small tsunami hits coast

An earthquake measuring upper-5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 shook Aomori Prefecture and other parts of the north on Tuesday afternoon, hours after another temblor triggered a small tsunami. The second instance did not result in a tsunami alert. The quake ...

Heavy snow forecast for peaks in Kanto-Koshin, Kinki regions

Feb 5, 2015

Heavy snow forecast for peaks in Kanto-Koshin, Kinki regions

The Meteorological Agency on Thursday forecast heavy snow for mountainous parts of the Kanto-Koshin region, or Tokyo plus Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures, toward early Friday morning. Heavy snow is also forecast for the northern and central mountains of the Kinki region from Thursday night ...

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

Dec 16, 2014

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

The Meteorological Agency forecast heavy snow and strong winds nationwide from Tuesday to Wednesday and warned of avalanches, stormy conditions and high waves, as well as disruptions to transport systems. The agency’s Sapporo branch, in particular, on Monday called for readiness in Hokkaido, which ...

Vongfong, supertyphoon rivaling Haiyan, roaring toward Japan

Oct 9, 2014

Vongfong, supertyphoon rivaling Haiyan, roaring toward Japan

A supertyphoon on course to hit Japan over the weekend is as powerful as the deadly storm that ripped through the Philippines in 2013 killing thousands of people, meteorologists said Wednesday The monstrous storm, named Vongfong, was picking up speed as it churned through ...

Sep 30, 2014

The Mount Ontake eruption

The weekend eruption of Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, is a reminder of how violent Japan can be when it comes to volcanoes.