Tag - earthquakes



Nov 17, 2013
Cracks in Tepco's 3/11 narrative
Tepco will never accept the theory that the earthquake, not the tsunami, caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster because it would make it difficult to restart its other nuclear power plants.
Nov 10, 2013
M5.5 quake jolts Ibaraki Pref. area
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 jolted the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture on Sunday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Japan Times
Sep 27, 2013
Pakistan quake relief hampered by attacks
Some security officials and relief groups are coming under attack as they struggle to reach victims in earthquake-ravaged southwestern Pakistan, demonstrating the volatile conditions in areas hardest hit by Tuesday's magnitude 7.7 temblor.
Sep 13, 2013
Housing help for evacuees
The central and local governments must be ready to help both evacuees who want to return home and those who want to settle in new places.
Japan Times
Sep 9, 2013
Work starts to scrap beached ship
A nonprofit organization on Monday began dismantling a 330-ton fishing vessel washed ashore by the March 2011 tsunami that has become a landmark in one of the hardest-hit cities in the Tohoku region.
Japan Times
Aug 31, 2013
Naoto Kan speaks out
Naoto Kan took his first steps in the world of politics around 40 years ago as a pugnacious citizen-activist, admonishing those with power as only those without it can. He likes to say he's the same man now, but of course there's an irony in that. After all, in the intervening years he acquired about...
Aug 27, 2013
Iwate governor thanks U.S. for 3/11 Operation Tomodachi help
The governor of Iwate Prefecture — one of the areas hardest hit by the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami — hosted an event in New York on Monday to thank the United States for its help after the devastating disasters.
Aug 22, 2013
E-map eyed for Nankai earthquake aftermath
The government calls for an electronic mapping system as part of measures to respond to the feared Nankai Trough quake, which threatens to spawn 30-meter tsunami that could wipe out populous areas of the Pacific.
Jul 25, 2013
Municipalities not issuing non-Japanese disaster guides
Many municipalities across the country don't offer disaster prevention guidebooks or maps in foreign languages and have no plans to do so, according to a recent survey.
Jun 18, 2013
NRA denies 3/11 quake damaged condenser pipes at Fukushima No. 1
The Nuclear Regulation Authority denied Monday that the Great East Japan Earthquake damaged piping related to critical cooling equipment in the building housing reactor 1 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant before the tsunami hit.
May 12, 2013
NRA asks Kepco to recheck Oi safety
The Nuclear Regulation Authority has asked Kansai Electric Power Co. to re-examine the seismic resistance of its Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture on the assumption that three active faults around it might move in tandem during a quake.
Mar 28, 2013
15.5% quake insurance hike sought
A property and casualty industry body is planning to raise standard earthquake insurance premiums for housing by a nationwide average of 15.5 percent following the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Mar 19, 2013
¥220 trillion hit seen from Nankai quake
The bill for a 9.0-magnitude temblor striking in the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan would be about ¥220 trillion — not including nuclear fallout damages.
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2013
Tohoku coast faces man-made perils in wake of tsunami
One day in October 2011, marine ecologist Masahiro Nakaoka donned his scuba gear, paddled into the waters of Funakoshi Bay in Iwate Prefecture, and braced himself for his first glimpse of its underwater communities since a massive tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake swept through seven...
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2013
Data from 3/11 could save lives if used effectively
As the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake approached, the media again rallied to pay tribute to the tragedy's victims, whether dead or alive. Many of the latter are still in limbo, unsure of their future since the events of that day wiped out much of their past.
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2013
Communities grapple with breakups
It is often said that natural disasters destroy communities three times — once by evacuation, twice by moving residents into temporary housing and a third time by issuing public housing by lottery.
Japan Times
Mar 13, 2013
Tokyo doctor adds disaster zone to practice
Ever since the 9-magnitude earthquake rocked the Tohoku region two years ago, Tokyo doctor Naoko Ishii and her husband, Hajime, have been quasi-residents of the Ogatsu district of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.
Japan Times
Mar 2, 2013
Past quakes' survivors help Tohoku regroup
Akira Miyasada drives his Kobe-registered car along the deserted beaches in the Ogatsu district of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, stopping to speak with locals and listen carefully to their stories from the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
Feb 28, 2013
AKB48 and director Nobuhiko Obayashi honor postquake efforts in Tohoku
Virtuoso movie director Nobuhiko Obayashi has created a film that pays homage to Tohoku's postdisaster recovery in an unusual collaboration with all-girl pop idol group AKB48.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2013
Christchurch marks quake, two years on
Mourners from New Zealand, Japan and several other countries gathered Friday at the site of a TV building in Christchurch that collapsed during a massive earthquake that hit the city two years ago, killing 115 people.


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