M6.4 Aceh temblor causes coastal panic but no tsunami alert

Dec 7, 2016

M6.4 Aceh temblor causes coastal panic but no tsunami alert

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Aceh province in the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra early Wednesday, seismologists said, causing panic and some reported damage. The shallow quake hit 10 km (6 miles) north of Reuleuet at 5:03 a.m. local time (2203 ...

Disaster preparation course to be mandatory for aspiring teachers

Dec 5, 2016

Disaster preparation course to be mandatory for aspiring teachers

The education ministry plans to make university students training to become teachers take classes on how to respond to safety threats at schools. The initiative to make the safety classes a mandatory course partly reflects the Okawa Elementary School tsunami deaths in Ishinomaki, Miyagi ...

Nov 28, 2016

High school students vow to lead anti-disaster efforts

At a two-day summit held in the town of Kuroshio in Kochi Prefecture, some 360 high school students from 30 countries around the world, including Japan, vowed to become future leaders in promoting measures against natural disasters. In the “Kuroshio Declaration,” adopted Saturday, the ...

Nov 24, 2016

M6.1 offshore quake jolts Tohoku region but no tsunami threat

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted northeastern and eastern Japan on Thursday morning, the region hit by a more powerful quake two days ago, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. No abnormalities were observed at two nuclear power ...

Nov 22, 2016

Tokyo commuters and other travelers rattled by quake

Tuesday morning’s powerful earthquake may have been centered off the Tohoku coast, but it also had an impact on Tokyo, where disruptions in train services left commuters and other travelers stranded. At JR Ueno Station, people wanting to travel to Tohoku formed long lines ...