Kobe remembers Great Hanshin Earthquake 22 years on

National Jan 17, 2017

Kobe remembers Great Hanshin Earthquake 22 years on

The city of Kobe and surrounding areas on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the magnitude-7.3 earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people 22 years ago. A moment of silence was observed at 5:46 a.m., the time when the temblor hit the city on Jan. 17, ...

World Nov 26, 2014

Strong earthquake hits China's Sichuan province

A strong earthquake shook a sparsely populated area of western China late Tuesday, cutting telephone service and prompting residents to rush out of their homes, officials and media reports said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.6 quake ...

National / Social Issues Sep 7, 2014

'Terakoya' let Tohoku kids study in peace

To help children in Tohoku who lost studying space because of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a Kyushu-based nonprofit organization is holding free after-school classes at temporary housing complexes in Miyagi Prefecture. Since the first "terakoya" (temple schools) class was held in June 2011, ...

Disaster drills held on 1923 quake memorial day

National Sep 1, 2014

Disaster drills held on 1923 quake memorial day

An estimated 2.35 million people took part in government-led disaster drills Monday, the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated the Tokyo region. The annual exercise was based on a scenario in which a quake with a magnitude of 7.3 and a maximum ...

National Jun 3, 2014

Abe government backs beefed-up quake preparedness goals

The Abe administration has decided on a set of goals to boost preparedness for major earthquakes and other disasters, including increasing the number of quake-resistant homes and firefighting units tasked with providing emergency relief. In endorsing the a basic plan to improve disaster preparedness through ...