Tag - earthquakes



Volunteers move furniture out of a house damaged by the Noto Peninsula earthquake in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in April.
May 21, 2024
Ishikawa Prefecture unveils Noto quake reconstruction plan
Covering the nine years through fiscal 2032, Ishikawa Prefecture's plan features efforts to create disaster-resistant communities.
Members of the Self-Defense Forces are dispatched to Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, in January after a massive quake. The SDF will conduct a week-long quake drill in Hokkaido starting Monday.
May 19, 2024
Japan SDF to conduct drill for quake in Pacific trenches
The drill includes about 12,000 SDF members, U.S. troops in Japan and Australian military personnel and the Hokkaido prefectural government.
Residents who sought to stop the restart of the No. 2 reactor of the Shimane nuclear power plant hold up signs saying "The judiciary abandoned residents" and "Our voices did not reach it" on Wednesday in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, after a court dismissed their petition.
May 15, 2024
Court rejects petition to halt Shimane nuclear reactor
The court also dismissed residents' claim that evacuation plans for the 820,000-kilowatt unit in the prefectural capital of Matsue were inadequate.
People offer prayers for the victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake at an evacuation shelter in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on March 1.
JAPAN / Society
May 15, 2024
30 deaths recognized as indirectly caused by Noto quake as panel probes cases
The families of more than 100 deceased people have filed for such recognition.
A container was used as a temporary toilet facility at a roadside station in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in January after the Noto Peninsula earthquake.
May 9, 2024
High-tech containers provide relief to quake-hit Noto areas
The land ministry is advocating the use of these containers to enhance the disaster-relief capabilities of roadside stations.
A child receives cotton candy at a free cafeteria opened in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on March 31.
JAPAN / Society
May 6, 2024
'Children's cafes' persevere in Noto despite quake damage
Some kodomo shokudō operating in the Okunoto region are struggling and need support.
Volunteers help carry out furniture in the town of Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture on April 26.
JAPAN / Society
May 5, 2024
Volunteer activities in full swing in Noto during Golden Week
Local governments prepare for an influx of traffic during the holiday period as some volunteers begin entering the area in their own vehicles.
Yukio Tsunezuka holds a back issue of the Noto magazine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, on April 22.
JAPAN / Society
May 3, 2024
Local info magazine in quake-hit Noto region set for revival
The New Year's Day quake struck just as the latest edition was about to be printed.
Lin Ruei, 17, co-founder of Exptech and Disaster Prevention Information Platform app (DPIP), poses for a photo in Taoyuan, Taiwan, on April 29.
May 3, 2024
Quake warning app demand surges in earthquake-rattled Taiwan
Official earthquake apps' patchiness and the demand for better alerts have boosted the popularity of privately-developed quake warning apps.
Mitsunobu Inoike talks about the Kanakura district of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, known for its terraced rice fields, on Friday.
JAPAN / Society
May 1, 2024
Noto quake survivors face tough choice: leave or remain
In the disaster-hit areas, many damaged houses are being left as they are.
The processing plant and warehouse of Minamidani Yoshie Shoten in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, are seen damaged due to cracks on the ground left behind by the New Year's Day earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 29, 2024
Wajima market's youngest stallholder taps crowdfunding to preserve heritage
A woman is looking to revive her family's fish sauce business and preserve the culinary heritage of her hometown in the wake of the Noto Peninsula quake.
Children give a presentation on volcano studies during a workshop at Tairadate Elementary School in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture, in February.
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Apr 29, 2024
Raising awareness over Mount Iwate eruption urged as memories fade
Interest in preparing for possible volcanic eruptions is difficult to muster in a nation prone to other natural disasters.
A monument for the Great Kanto Earthquake on the premises of the education ministry in Tokyo
Apr 23, 2024
Use of disaster monument symbols expanding five years after launch
As of March, the number of these symbols put on maps maintained by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan has surpassed 2,000 nationwide.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a meeting for Noto Peninsula reconstruction at the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.
Apr 23, 2024
Japan OKs ¥138.9 billion in fresh spending over Noto quake
This will be the fourth round of spending from the state reserve funds for the quake-affected areas in central Japan.
Demolition work is seen underway on a house damaged by the Noto Peninsula earthquake in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, last week.
Apr 22, 2024
Quake-hit Ishikawa sees slow progress in housing demolitions
As of April 16, only three demolitions had been completed, despite 78,000 homes in the prefecture being damaged.
Satoshi Harada from the Meteorological Agency explains about the magnitude 6.6 earthquake during a news conference early Thursday.
Apr 18, 2024
No link to Nankai Trough quake seen after temblor in Shikoku
There was no tsunami from the quake and reports suggested only minor injuries and damage.
Residents of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, collect supplies in the aftermath of the Jan. 1 earthquake. When it comes to preparing for and responding to disasters in Japan, the specific needs of women are still not being sufficiently met. One way to fix this would be to increase the number of women involved in the area of disaster prevention.
Apr 15, 2024
Women’s needs in disasters are still not accounted for
In Japan, women's needs in disaster situations are not being sufficiently met, as the Ishikawa earthquake shows, partly due to poor female representation.
Cherry blossom viewers at Notokashima Station in Ishikawa Prefecture on Saturday
Apr 14, 2024
Train station in quake-hit town crowded with cherry blossom viewers
Cherry trees line both sides of the station's platforms, creating a stunning sight that has earned it the nickname the "cherry blossom tunnel."
A memorial ceremony was held for the victims of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake on Sunday in the city of Kumamoto.
Apr 14, 2024
Kumamoto quake victims remembered eight years on
At the Kumamoto earthquake-remembrance ceremony, participants observed a minute of silence and some laid flowers for the victims.
Noto Airport in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture
Apr 14, 2024
Japan to revise guidelines for airport operators in times of disaster
The BCP revisions come on the heels of the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that hit the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on Jan. 1.


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