Tag - earthquakes



A Meteorological Agency map shows the location and intensity of an earthquake that struck off the coast of Chiba Prefecture early Friday morning.
Mar 1, 2024
Series of quakes shake Chiba, with authorities calling for caution
More than 10 tremors registering 1 to 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale have occurred since Tuesday.
Evacuees inside a gymnasium at a junior high school in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Thursday
JAPAN / Society
Mar 1, 2024
Two months on from Noto quake, 11,400 evacuees still in shelters
As of Thursday, the quake had resulted in the deaths of 241 people, 15 of whom died of indirect causes.
Takuya Usami, the curator at Mantenboshi, a stargazing observatory in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, said that a survey by the Environment Ministry had ranked the Noto region as among the best places in Japan for stargazing.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 29, 2024
Stargazing observatory in quake-hit Noto looks forward to reopening
“I want to show everyone little by little the beauty of the starry sky, one of Noto’s attractions," a curator at the observatory said.
Visnu CEO Ryosuke Chiba explains an AI-equipped security camera his company is developing for the city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on Feb. 22.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 27, 2024
Japan firms look to AI to bolster disaster prevention and mitigation
Tools are being developed to focus on getting timely information to the relevant parties to facilitate evacuation.
Indonesian trainees study Japanese at a dormitory in the town of Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Feb. 14.
Feb 26, 2024
Only 45 quake-hit foreign trainees in Japan allowed to do other jobs
In the prefecture, around 670 foreign technical interns reside in six municipalities severely impacted by the disaster.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida offers prayers at a site destroyed by fire in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
Feb 25, 2024
Japan to extend extra ¥100 billion for Ishikawa quake relief
Those newly eligible for relief payments include households whose homes were partially or totally destroyed and who are having difficulty borrowing funds.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shakes hands with victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake in the town of Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
Kishida pledges to expand aid to Noto quake areas
The prime minister apparently intends to reflect firsthand opinions in the government's restoration and reconstruction support measures.
A man pours water into a plastic tank at an evacuation shelter in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Feb. 1.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Feb 23, 2024
Noto quake highlights aging water systems in depopulating areas
Nearly 22,000 homes in Ishikawa Prefecture are still without water, and the shortage has sparked debate on how to maintain services in depopulating areas.
An elderly care facility run by Choujukai in Suma, Ishikawa Prefecture
Feb 22, 2024
Elderly care facilities in Noto face labor shortages after quake
The quake prompted closures and downsizing efforts, impacting both staff and residents.
Volunteers carry disaster waste out of houses damaged by the New Year's Day quake, in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Feb. 10.
Feb 21, 2024
Temporary hotel for quake volunteers to be set up at Noto Airport
A capsule hotel with 82 rooms, capable of accommodating up to 134 people, will be erected near the airport terminal facilities.
People gather as rescuers search for survivors under rubble in the town of Jandaris, Syria, on Feb. 6, 2023, following an earthquake that day.
Feb 20, 2024
Japanese students working to help Syrian people hit by 2023 quake
About 30 companies are offering support for the students' efforts.
An Ishikawa prefectural official gives information on new places to stay for earthquake evacuees lodging at hotels and inns during a meeting in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Feb. 7.
Feb 20, 2024
Departure deadline approaching for Noto quake evacuees in hotels
The extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen on March 16 is expected to lead to a surge in bookings in hotels that have acted as secondary evacuation sites.
An evacuee keeps himself warm around a heater at an evacuation center in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, in January.
Feb 19, 2024
70% of areas at risk of tsunami have not run winter shelter drills
Estimates show that a tsunami following a Japan Trench quake could result in as many as 42,000 deaths from hypothermia.
A road in Uchinada, Ishikawa Prefecture, is impassable as a result of what appears to be liquefaction on Feb. 4.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 16, 2024
Quake-induced liquefaction hampers Noto reconstruction
Houses are tilted or buried halfway underground, while roads have caved in or risen up — all because of the liquefaction.
The dekayama float ritual of the Seihaku Festival is held in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, in May 2019.
Feb 16, 2024
UNESCO-listed float festival to be skipped in wake of Noto quake
The ritual in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, is believed to date back to 1473.
A historical marketplace in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, burned down due to a major fire that occurred following a quake on New Year's Day.
Feb 16, 2024
Electric wire damage possibly behind fire following Noto quake
The blaze in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, gutted an area of about 49,000 square meters.
People gather at a park in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iawate Prefecture to pray on March 11 last year, the 12th anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 12, 2024
Disabled account for over 20% of 2010s Japan disaster-linked deaths
The figures are particularly high when compared with the proportion of disabled people in the population, which the central government estimates at 9%.
Volunteer workers carry water-damaged tatami mats from an accommodation facility in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
Feb 11, 2024
Logistics challenges hinder volunteering in quake-hit central Japan
While approximately 23,000 people have registered to volunteer in Ishikawa Prefecture, only around 250 are currently permitted to help.
Kotaro on Sunday, found more than a month after going missing following a New Year's Day earthquake in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture
JAPAN / Society
Feb 9, 2024
Missing cat reunited with owner over one month after Noto quake
"I thought I'd never see him again. I can't believe it," said Eriko Matsuda, the cat's owner.
Disaster waste from a New Year's Day quake on the Noto Peninsula is carried into a temporary storage site in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 15.
Feb 7, 2024
2.44 million tons of waste likely generated by Noto quake
The volume of disaster waste is equivalent to that of ordinary waste generated in the prefecture over seven years.


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