Kobe remembers Great Hanshin Earthquake 22 years on

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, ...

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 ...

/ 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

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 ...

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 ...

Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified

Mar 25, 2014

Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified


For the last few years, a group of international scientists has been reassessing the cause of the March 2011 tsunami that inundated the Tohoku coastline. The common view among seismologists is that the tsunami was caused solely by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck in the ...

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

Mar 11, 2014

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

The staggering loss of life and property still overwhelms people who were caught up in the historic magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast three years ago, and for many of the survivors, rebuilding their lives has been a slow process. The nation ...

Work starts to scrap beached ship

Sep 9, 2013

Work starts to scrap beached ship

A nonprofit organization on Monday began dismantling a 330-ton fishing vessel washed ashore by the March 2011 tsunami that has become a landmark in one of the hardest-hit cities in the Tohoku region. Although the stricken vessel, the Kyotoku Maru No. 18, had become a ...

Aug 22, 2013

E-map eyed for Nankai earthquake aftermath

The government calls for an electronic mapping system as part of measures to respond to the feared Nankai Trough quake, which threatens to spawn 30-meter tsunami that could wipe out populous areas of the Pacific.

Mar 28, 2013

15.5% quake insurance hike sought

A property and casualty industry body is planning to raise standard earthquake insurance premiums for housing by a nationwide average of 15.5 percent following the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Non-Life Insurance Rating Organization of Japan has reported the plan to the Financial ...

Communities grapple with breakups

Mar 15, 2013

Communities grapple with breakups

It is often said that natural disasters destroy communities three times — once by evacuation, twice by moving residents into temporary housing and a third time by issuing public housing by lottery.