Apr 29, 2016

No Pacific-wide tsunami threat as M-7 temblor hits Vanuatu

A strong magnitude-7 earthquake rattled the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu on Friday but authorities said there was no tsunami threat and no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake hit near Malekula Island. It was centered ...

Apr 7, 2016

M-6 temblor hits off Java but tsunami threat ruled out

A strong earthquake struck Wednesday evening off the southern coast of Java, Indonesia’s main island, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6 quake was located 35.4 km (22 miles) under the seabed. It was ...

Apr 4, 2016

Center eases tsunami alert over strong quake off Vanuatu

Officials wound back an initial tsunami threat issued after a large earthquake struck off the coast of the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu on Sunday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the danger had largely passed and canceled an earlier warning of possible tsunami ...

Mar 30, 2016

Japan eyes global tsunami summit for high school students

Japan is planning to hold a summit of high school students from around the world to discuss lessons learned from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, a senior ruling party lawmaker said at the U.N. headquarters Tuesday during a visit to New ...

Ishinomaki to turn Okawa Elementary ruins into 3/11 monument

Mar 27, 2016

Ishinomaki to turn Okawa Elementary ruins into 3/11 monument

An elementary school where more than 80 pupils and teachers lost their lives as the 2011 tsunami washed out Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, will be preserved to remember what happened and improve the city’s disaster preparedness, the mayor said. Public opinion was split about whether ...

Miyagi city to preserve school building hit by 3/11 tsunami

Mar 25, 2016

Miyagi city to preserve school building hit by 3/11 tsunami

The city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture has decided to preserve the building in an elementary school where 74 children and 10 staff died in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, sources close to the matter said Friday. Despite opposition from some bereaved families, ...

New emergency icon system denotes disaster shelters

Mar 24, 2016

New emergency icon system denotes disaster shelters

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The government has urged prefectures and municipalities to put five redesigned emergency icons into use to guard against tsunami, floods, landslides and other disasters. The standardized icons were designed to be easily universally understood as Japan prepares for an influx of foreign tourists for ...