Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile; thousands flee

Mar 4, 2015

Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile; thousands flee

One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the ...

First anniversary of fatal Izu-Oshima mudslides marked

Oct 16, 2014

First anniversary of fatal Izu-Oshima mudslides marked

Officials and residents of an island south of Tokyo gathered Thursday to mourn the victims of mud slides that left 39 residents dead and missing a year ago. Typhoon Wipha hit Izu-Oshima Island on Oct. 16, 2013, triggering flash floods that ripped through town ...

Sep 11, 2014

Rain lashes northern areas as low rolls through

Heavy rain fell in many regions Thursday as a low pressure system made the atmosphere extremely unstable in northern and eastern parts of the country. The Meteorological Agency issued a special warning to the Ishikari region in Hokkaido and urged caution against floods and ...

30,000 urged to evacuate as downpours lash northern Kyoto

Sep 5, 2014

30,000 urged to evacuate as downpours lash northern Kyoto

Heavy rainfall was reported in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture early Friday morning, prompting local governments to issue evacuation advisories to more than 30,000 people, NHK reported Friday. In Ayabe, Kyoto, nearly 200 mm of rain, a record amount, fell in the three ...

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

Aug 24, 2014

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

More than 10 years after landslide disaster legislation took effect, 32 of the 47 prefectures have yet to finish the on-site research it orders, it was learned Sunday. It’s estimated there are some 520,000 possibly dangerous areas, such as steep slopes and alluvial fans. ...

Hiroshima search delayed by heavy rain; Abe under fire

Aug 22, 2014

Hiroshima search delayed by heavy rain; Abe under fire

Heavy rain on Friday hampered the search for 52 people believed buried alive on the edge of Hiroshima as opposition politicians hounded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for golfing and relaxing while responding to the disaster. Rescuers feared the continuing rain could set off further ...

Aug 22, 2014

Mudslide sensors planned for parts of Hiroshima

The central government and Hiroshima Prefectural Government plan to place mudslide sensors in the northern part of the prefecture where at least 90 people were reported dead or missing as of Friday, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Friday. The land ministry and Hiroshima government plan ...