One dead after heavy rain hits Tohoku, Hokuriku

Aug 25, 2017

One dead after heavy rain hits Tohoku, Hokuriku

Parts of central and northern Japan received heavy rain Friday that was linked to the death of one person in Iwate Prefecture whose car was apparently swept away by a flooding river. The body of Yuki Ikeda, a 29-year-old construction worker from Miyako, was found ...

Nov 24, 2016

M6.1 offshore quake jolts Tohoku region but no tsunami threat

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted northeastern and eastern Japan on Thursday morning, the region hit by a more powerful quake two days ago, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. No abnormalities were observed at two nuclear power plants ...

Strong Typhoon Lionrock lashes Tohoku

Aug 30, 2016

Strong Typhoon Lionrock lashes Tohoku

Powerful Typhoon Lionrock lashed the Tohoku region late Tuesday afternoon, forcing transport services and schools to close down and residents to evacuate. The typhoon made landfall at Ofunato on the Sanriku coast of Iwate Prefecture shortly before 6 p.m. Later in the evening it was ...

Jul 26, 2016

Kagoshima's Sakurajima volcano erupts, spews plume 5,000 meters up

The Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Meteorological Agency said. It is the first eruption projecting to such an altitude since August 2013 for the volcano within kilometers of downtown Kagoshima, ...