Tag - disasters



A woman offers flowers for victims of the New Year's Day earthquake near the morning market in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Thursday. Most buildings in the market were burned down in a fire that followed the quake.
Feb 1, 2024
One month after Noto quake, challenges remain in restoration effort
About 14,000 people are still living at evacuation shelters as officials race to repair infrastructure in the region.
Toshiya Ikehata (center) helps prepare rice balls at a community kitchen in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 7. Ikehata runs a fine-dining restaurant in the city, which was among the hardest-hit areas in the Noto Peninsula earthquake.
Jan 23, 2024
Shattered lives, unbroken spirits: Chefs step up to serve Noto communities
Fine-dining chefs rise to the challenge of feeding disaster victims in the hardest-hit areas of Ishikawa Prefecture.
Shu Kokaji (center) speaks with fellow volunteers on Saturday at Sunlife Plaza, an evacuation center in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture. At the facility, he aims to bring people joy in some aspects of evacuee life.
Jan 10, 2024
Noto quake: 'In times of crisis, all we have is each other'
A team from Iwate Prefecture is just one of many grassroots campaigns mobilizing to support quake victims.
Fire hoses remain intact on Sunday in front of a collapsed structure near the site of a massive blaze in a central market in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Jan 9, 2024
Photo essay: Inside the Ishikawa earthquake disaster zone
Over the three-day weekend, a team from The Japan Times reported from the hard-hit Noto Peninsula, witnessing a massive relief effort and speaking to evacuees.
Demonstrators call for action on climate change and environmental justice during a march in Washington in July 2018.
Dec 7, 2023
There can be no climate justice if rich countries don’t pay
Rich countries are responsible for the climate crisis and it's only fair that they bear the burgeoning costs that poorer nations are having to pay.
In Australia, past El Nino events have led to destructive fire seasons, including the catastrophic Black Summer of 2019-2020.
Sep 22, 2023
Australia hoped to dodge wildfires. El Nino has other plans.
The 1983, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2015 fire seasons, some of the most damaging in the country’s history, all occurred during El Nino.
While the pace of deploying clean-energy solutions is faster than it has ever been, with climate change, the world overall is racing in the wrong direction.
Aug 1, 2023
What the climate fight is really about
Now that a future of higher average global temperatures is inevitable, managing the problem well requires that we cut off the tail end of the extreme-weather distribution.
Officials closed the gates of the Forbidden City due to heavy rain in Beijing on Sunday.
Jul 30, 2023
China upgrades flood alert for Beijing, other northern areas
China’s central government warned areas around Beijing and the north to be prepared to deal with floods brought on by remnants of Typhoon Doksuri.
The Hamaoka nuclear power station in the city of Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, is one of the areas that could be at risk if there is a major earthquake in the Nankai Trough.
Jul 18, 2023
Time for a Nankai Trough earthquake warning system
Edited A total of 707 municipal governments in 29 prefectures are considered at risk of major quakes in this region. The at-risk population is nearly 60 million.
An extreme heat warning in Death Valley, California, on July 15
Jul 21, 2023
Our civilization was built for a climate that’s vanishing
Weather disasters linked to climate change like those unfolding across the northern hemisphere will affect more and more of us.
Japan Times
Mar 24, 2023
After cyclones leave many homeless, Vanuatu takes climate plea to world stage
More than 3,000 people are still in evacuation centers three weeks after two category-four cyclones hit Vanuatu, which has a population of 319,000 spread across 80 islands.
Japan Times
Aug 3, 2022
Giant sequoias are built to withstand fire, but not these fires
Infernos rampaging through the American West are so hot, theyu2019re killing trees that have thrived on fire for thousands of years.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2022
Nearly 1 in 4 globally at risk from severe flooding, study finds
Inundations from heavy rainfall and storm surges affect millions of people every year and cause billions of dollars of damage to homes, infrastructure and economies.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2022
Afghanistan seeks help for earthquake survivors as aftershock kills five
Authorities earlier ended a search in remote southeastern mountains for survivors of the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck early on Wednesday.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2022
Megaquake in Tokyo would likely leave 4.53 million stranded, report shows
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been working to secure facilities that would serve as temporary shelters for stranded people.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2022
Another strong earthquake jolts Ishikawa amid warning that more could come
Monday's 5.0 magnitude quake a day after an initial temblor hit the area, leaving at least six people injured on the Sea of Japan coast.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2022
Japanese firm aims to boost tiny portable toilet use in disaster planning
Unlike disaster preparedness supplies such as emergency food, just 16.9% of households have some kind of emergency toilet ready, one survey shows.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2022
Magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolts Ishikawa
There was no tsunami threat from the quake, which measured a weak 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2022
Climate change risks exacerbating security issues in Asia-Pacific
As sea levels continue to rise, small islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans as well as coastal megacities in China and South and Southeast Asia are already at risk.
Japan Times
Apr 27, 2022
Australia's 'climate wars' truce leaves flood victims in election no-man's land
Climate change is struggling to get much traction as an issue ahead of Australia's general election on May 21.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves