Aug 15, 2017

Kyushu braces for floods, slides as hourly downpours top 100 mm

Torrential rain exceeding 100 mm per hour hit Kyushu early Tuesday morning, prompting the Meteorological Agency to issue warnings for landslides and floods, NHK reported Tuesday. According to the agency, heavy rain was reported in the city of Yatsushiro and the town of Hikawa in ...

Mar 13, 2017

Another reduction coming for Fukushima nuclear evacuation area

The radiation evacuation area in Fukushima Prefecture will shrink to 30 percent of its initial size by April 1, six years after the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Of the 11 municipalities within the originally designated evacuation area, five have ...

World War II bomb defused in Greek city after 75,000 people evacuated

Feb 12, 2017

World War II bomb defused in Greek city after 75,000 people evacuated

Authorities in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki evacuated an estimated 75,000 people Sunday so army experts could defuse a 500-pound (227-kg) unexploded World War II bomb found under a gas station. The evacuation started at 7 a.m. Police went house-to-house ringing bells and knocking ...

New Zealand airlifts tourists out of quake-hit town

Nov 15, 2016

New Zealand airlifts tourists out of quake-hit town

New Zealand emergency services and defense personnel began evacuating hundreds of tourists and residents from the South Island town of Kaikoura on Tuesday, a day after a powerful earthquake hit the region, killing two people. The 7.8-magnitude tremor, which struck just after midnight on Sunday, ...