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As Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 40,000 people flee

Jan 23, 2018

As Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 40,000 people flee

The Philippines' most active volcano continued to spew fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent 40,000 villagers to shelter in evacuation centers. Lava fountains gushed up 700 meters (2,300 feet) above Mount Mayon's ...

Plantings of 'tsunami trees' link Tohoku with Banda Aceh

Dec 23, 2017

Plantings of 'tsunami trees' link Tohoku with Banda Aceh

by Rudy Madanir

A group of colorfully dressed girls performed an energetic traditional welcome dance when Japanese artist Takashi Murakami visited their elementary school in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province, for a tree-planting event Friday morning. After planting trees with volunteers in 16 places in ...

Aug 28, 2017

Japan insurers reassessing quake risks by region

Major Japanese nonlife insurers have started reviewing their earthquake insurance premiums by reassessing damage risks region by region. In January next year, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. will raise premiums for areas including the Shikoku region that could suffer damage from an expected ...

80% of Thai warning system crumbling 12 years after surprise tsunami

Jul 31, 2017

80% of Thai warning system crumbling 12 years after surprise tsunami

Up to 80 percent of Thailand's tsunami warning system needs maintenance work, the deputy director-general of its disaster prevention department said on Monday, more than a decade after the region was hit by a tsunami that killed 226,000 people. A 9.15 magnitude earthquake struck off ...

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

Jul 30, 2017

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

The storms in Kyushu earlier this month not only ruined homes and roads but also dealt a blow to traditional businesses, including makers of liquor and pottery. Communities in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures worry the devastation could make it even harder for aging owners of ...