Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified

Mar 25, 2014

Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified

by William Hollingworth

For the last few years, a group of international scientists has been reassessing the cause of the March 2011 tsunami that inundated the Tohoku coastline. The common view among seismologists is that the tsunami was caused solely by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck in ...

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

Mar 11, 2014

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

The staggering loss of life and property still overwhelms people who were caught up in the historic magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast three years ago, and for many of the survivors, rebuilding their lives has been a slow process. The ...

Governments not ready for disaster

Mar 9, 2014

Governments not ready for disaster

As many as 22 percent of municipalities across the country do not have stockpiles of fuel to operate emergency generators for half a day or longer, according to a survey of major local governments. Of the 98 governments — prefectures, ordinance-designated major cities and ...

Work starts to scrap beached ship

Sep 9, 2013

Work starts to scrap beached ship

A nonprofit organization on Monday began dismantling a 330-ton fishing vessel washed ashore by the March 2011 tsunami that has become a landmark in one of the hardest-hit cities in the Tohoku region. Although the stricken vessel, the Kyotoku Maru No. 18, had become ...

Aug 22, 2013

E-map eyed for Nankai earthquake aftermath

The government calls for an electronic mapping system as part of measures to respond to the feared Nankai Trough quake, which threatens to spawn 30-meter tsunami that could wipe out populous areas of the Pacific.

Strong quake hurts 23 in echoes of Kobe '95

Apr 14, 2013

Strong quake hurts 23 in echoes of Kobe '95

A powerful temblor with a magnitude of 6.3 strikes western Japan, causing at least 23 injuries and traumatic flashbacks to the lethal 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake that destroyed much of Kobe.

Mar 28, 2013

15.5% quake insurance hike sought

A property and casualty industry body is planning to raise standard earthquake insurance premiums for housing by a nationwide average of 15.5 percent following the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Non-Life Insurance Rating Organization of Japan has reported the plan to the ...