May 26, 2014

Are disasters inherent risks?

by Hugh Cortazzi

Clearly current measures worldwide to cope with disasters and threats to human life are considered inadequate, yet some people in Britain think that overbearing health and safety regulations are curbing the spirt of adventure in the young.

Rescuers lose contact with nine climbers

Jan 6, 2013

Rescuers lose contact with nine climbers

Police and rescue personnel were scrambling to locate missing mountain climbers Saturday after losing contact with at least nine of them in four central prefectures. In Toyama Prefecture, police were searching for four people who disappeared as their Tokyo-based group headed for Mount Tsurugi ...

Japan's seismic nerve center

Apr 10, 2011

Japan's seismic nerve center

by Edan Corkill

The Earthquake Phenomena Observation System, located inside the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tokyo’s central Otemachi district, is usually operated by five teams of seven who work in rotating shifts that span every minute of the year. But at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 this ...