Tag - earthquakes



Workers on Thursday inspect a building damaged by an earthquake a day earlier in Hualien, Taiwan.
Apr 5, 2024
Resilient Taiwan responded fast to earthquake after years honing skills
While past temblors have provided lessons for strengthening coordination, the potential for an attack from China also keeps the island on its toes.
People ride motorcycles near the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan, on Thursday.
Apr 4, 2024
Taiwan's strongest quake in 25 years kills at least nine, injures over 1,000
Scores of emergency workers were trying to shore up damaged buildings and demolish those deemed impossible to save.
Children are evacuated from a preschool in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, following tsunami warnings after a powerful earthquake struck off Taiwan on Wednesday morning.
Apr 3, 2024
Japan lifts tsunami advisory after strong quake hits Taiwan
Tsunami measuring at least 30 centimeters were observed at Yonaguni and Miyako islands, while waves as high as 20 cm also reached Ishigaki Island.
Taiwanese military personnel aide in rescue and relief efforts by searching for survivors in a damaged building in Hualien, Taiwan, after a major earthquake struck off the island's eastern coast.
Apr 3, 2024
Taiwan rocked by most powerful earthquake in 25 years
At least nine people were killed and more than 900 injured Wednesday by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan that prompted tsunami warnings.
The Asaichi Dori morning market area in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday
JAPAN / Society
Apr 2, 2024
Three months after Noto quake, victims voice mixed feelings
While some local businesses have reopened, the streets are quiet and the future remains difficult to envision.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi. Following a strong quake in the Tohoku region Tuesday, the government set up an information office for crisis management at the Prime Minister's Office.
Apr 2, 2024
Strong quake jolts northeastern Japan, logging lower 5 intensity
The Meteorological Agency has cautioned those in the northeast to remain alert for lower 5 intensity quakes for about a week.
Tsunami-hit houses in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Sunday
JAPAN / Society
Apr 1, 2024
Noto quake-hit areas show signs of recovery three months on
The number of evacuees has decreased by about 3,000 to around 8,100.
Cardboard beds at an evacuation center in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 31. Because evacuation shelters are operated by municipalities, the quality of disaster relief varies depending on the strength of each local government, one expert points out.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 1, 2024
Over 8,000 still in evacuation centers three months after Noto quake
The patchy progress of Japan's decentralized disaster relief shows that lessons from past disasters have not been learned, experts say.
Self-Defense Force soldiers search for survivors after a landslide swept through a residential area in Asaminami Ward, in the city of Hiroshima, in August 2014. Despite the nation’s numerous natural disasters, the government needs better contingency planning.
Mar 28, 2024
Is Japan ready for the worst-case scenario?
Is the nation ready for massive disasters? Based on my studies of Japan’s crisis management system, I say “no” and unfortunately not.
Residents take refuge at an evacuation center in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Mar 31, 2024
Noto quake indirect death status sought for over 40 victims
In previous natural disasters, many victims recognized as disaster-linked deaths died within three months of such events.
High school students visit seawalls in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Thursday during a weeklong tour of areas hit by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in the prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 26, 2024
Students from wildfire-struck Hawaii learn about disaster recovery in Miyagi
The students visited four municipalities in Miyagi Prefecture to study their efforts to rebuild following the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Foreign trainees and local residents spend the night around an open fire in a mountain in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, after a strong quake hit the area on Jan. 1.
Mar 25, 2024
Foreign trainees traumatized by Jan. 1 Noto Peninsula quake
The local fishing industry heavily depends on foreign trainees amid a shortage of fishers.
The Wajima Morning Market is held as a pop-up event in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
Mar 23, 2024
Wajima morning market held for first time since Noto quake
The original site of the Wajima Asaichi market in the city of Wajima was reduced to ashes by a fire that broke out after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako speak to evacuees at an evacuation shelter in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Friday.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 23, 2024
Imperial couple visits quake-hit Noto Peninsula
During their day trip, the imperial couple inspected afflicted areas in the prefecture's Noto Peninsula and met evacuees at a shelter.
Hisashi Yagi is full of enthusiasm as he reopens Iroha Bookstore at a temporary location in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 22, 2024
Beloved bookstore in quake-hit Ishikawa reopens at temporary site
The reopened Iroha Bookstore, which has a 75-year history, is lined with picture books taken from the original store and manga related to the prefecture.
A map from the Japan Meteorological Agency displays the shindo intensity of the quake that struck the Kanto region at 9:08 a.m. on Thursday.
Mar 21, 2024
Magnitude 5.3 quake jolts Saitama and Tochigi
The quake, which triggered quake alarms in Tokyo and neighboring areas, measured a low 5 on the Japanese shindo scale of intensity.
The outdoor version of an "instant house," developed and set up by architect Keisuke Kitagawa in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture
Mar 19, 2024
'Instant Houses' used widely in Noto quake-hit areas
The structure, which can be erected in an hour, is 4 meters tall with a floor area of 20 square meters.
A street in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, is still filled with rubble on March 16, more than two months after the Jan. 1 quake.
Mar 18, 2024
Two months on, resident displacement persists in quake-hit Ishikawa
According to a survey, over 9,000 residents remain evacuated outside of Wajima and Suzu as of March 1, two months after the Jan. 1 quake.
Satoshi Fujii (second from right), head of a subcommittee of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, speaks at a news conference on Thursday about the potential costs of an inland quake hitting the Tokyo region.
Mar 15, 2024
Economic losses from massive Tokyo-area quake estimated to top ¥1 quadrillion
Engineers predict that indirect losses, including suspended production activities due to broken roads and bridges, will reach ¥954 trillion.
Tanks containing treated radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture in January. The quake prompted the plant's operator to suspend the release of treated radioactive water into the sea from the complex, which it began on Feb. 28.
Mar 15, 2024
Magnitude 5.8 quake jolts Japan's Fukushima
No tsunami warning was issued and no abnormalities were detected at nuclear plants in the prefecture.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?