National Jan 3, 2020

Alert issued as M5.9 earthquake hits off Chiba; no tsunami warning

Disaster Alert The following is an earthquake alert issued by the Meteorological Agency. Day and Time: Jan. 3, 2020, 3:24 a.m. Epicenter: Off Chiba Prefecture. N 35.8, E 141.2 Depth: 30 km Preliminary magnitude: 5.9 Seismic intensity scale: 4 out of maximum 7 Note: No tsunami warning issued.

Start of cherry blossom season declared in Tokyo

National Mar 21, 2019

Start of cherry blossom season declared in Tokyo

The cherry blossom season officially arrived in Tokyo on Thursday after officials from the Meteorological Agency confirmed that more than five blossoms had opened on a Somei-Yoshino cherry tree at Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda Ward. Most Somei Yoshino cherry trees in Tokyo are now expected ...

False quake alarm gives Tokyoites a midnight scare

National Oct 4, 2018

False quake alarm gives Tokyoites a midnight scare

by Magdalena Osumi

Brace yourself, a strong quake is coming. This dramatic emergency message sent to smartphones and loudspeakers caused a brief panic after midnight Wednesday in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures, with many taking to social media to express their confusion over whether or not to get ready ...