Miyagi town settles over toddler's tsunami death

Dec 24, 2014

Miyagi town settles over toddler's tsunami death

The parents of a toddler killed in the 2011 tsunami while in the care of a municipal nursery reached a settlement with authorities on Wednesday in a damages suit heard at the Sendai High Court. Ryo Shibuya, 31, and his wife lost their 2-year-old ...

Destructive tsunami also brought peace to war-torn Aceh

Dec 21, 2014

Destructive tsunami also brought peace to war-torn Aceh

When a tsunami engulfed Indonesia’s Aceh province a decade ago, it not only killed tens of thousands of people but also wiped the slate clean in the conflict-racked, poverty-stricken province and paved the way for peace. The province on the northern tip of Sumatra ...

Dec 21, 2014

2004 tsunami: Horror of 'colorful mess' revealed

Tassanee Vejpongsa, a video journalist based in Taipei, covered the 2004 tsunami in Phuket, Thailand. She recalls: “We had just finished our last feed as the sun started to rise. It had been a long night of coverage of what was appearing to be ...

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

Dec 19, 2014

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

An advisory panel to the Miyagi Prefectural Government said Thursday it will recommend that four facilities wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami be preserved as memorials of the tragedy. The buildings include the three-story disaster headquarters in the town of Minamisanriku, where ...

Abe's election decision met with anger in disaster-hit communities

Nov 19, 2014

Abe's election decision met with anger in disaster-hit communities

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives for a snap election was met with anger in communities affected by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. Many people in the affected areas are concerned about a further delay ...

Nov 15, 2014

7.3-magnitude quake in Indonesia triggers tsunami warning

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia Saturday, sparking a tsunami warning for areas up to 300 kilometers (185 miles) away. The undersea quake struck at a depth of 46 kilometers (28 miles) at 10:31 a.m., northwest of Kota Ternate, ...