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 ...

Quake simulators draw foreign tourists to disaster learning sites

Jun 11, 2017

Quake simulators draw foreign tourists to disaster learning sites

Earthquake simulators have become tourist draws at disaster education centers nationwide, with a growing number of foreign visitors eager to learn about the hazards of life in a seismically active country. With the number of foreign visitors rapdily surging, some of the centers have begun ...

Feb 22, 2017

16 active faults added to big-quake risk list

The government has added 16 new active faults to a list of major fault zones that could trigger an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or higher in Japan. The addition by the Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion brings the number of major active fault ...