Jun 4, 2016

Rainy season underway in central, western Japan

The rainy season is underway in central and western Japan, the weather agency said Sunday, warning of landslides in quake-hit Kyushu. Rainy weather prevailed in the Kanto-Koshin region Sunday as well as in the Kyushu, Chugoku and Shikoku regions on Saturday, the Meteorological Agency ...

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 ...