Feb 22, 2017

16 active faults added to big-quake risk list

The government has added 16 new active faults to a list of major fault zones that could trigger an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or higher in Japan. The addition by the Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion brings the number of major active ...

Oct 23, 2016

Protecting people against quakes

The government should focus on improving defenses against quakes rather than spending resources on the extremely difficult task of predicting when they will strike.

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Sep 29, 2016

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Powerful earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in April caused damage worth ¥3.8 trillion, the local government has confirmed in its first estimate of the economic impact on the prefecture. Homes suffered the worst damage at about ¥2 trillion, with approximately 170,000 houses affected including ...

Water-logged Tohoku braces  for next typhoon

Sep 4, 2016

Water-logged Tohoku braces for next typhoon

The storm-battered town of Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture told all 9,947 residents to evacuate Sunday ahead of Typhoon Namtheum, which is expected to hit the area Tuesday. The Self-Defense Forces used helicopters to help residents get to shelters as officials made efforts to prevent ...

Hiroshima commemorates second anniversary of deadly mudslides

Aug 20, 2016

Hiroshima commemorates second anniversary of deadly mudslides

A memorial service commemorating the second anniversary of landslides that claimed the lives of 77 people was held in the city of Hiroshima on Saturday. At the ceremony jointly hosted by the city and the Hiroshima Prefectural Government in the ward of Asaminami, one ...

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

Aug 16, 2016

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

Kumamoto residents observed a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the fourth month since the April quake that struck wide areas of Kyushu, killing 72 people in the prefecture. “Many people still have to put up with inconvenience in their everyday lives, but the ...