earthquake

In post-3/11 Japan, seismologists look to history for improved...
The Asahi Shimbun
Seismologists were dealt a bitter blow in failing to anticipate the magnitude-9.0 earthquake occurring in the Tohoku region in 2011, not taking history into account.
EDITORIAL: Latest quake shows need for Japan to boost disaster...
An 8-year-old girl is rescued from a collapsed condominium on Feb. 8, 61 hours after an earthquake hit Tainan, southern Taiwan. (Tamiyuki Kihara)
The Chinese New Year is an important holiday for people in Taiwan, a time for families to be together.
Areas around Japan prepare relief aid for quake-hit southern Taiwan
Rescue workers continue to be engaged in activities to save survivors from a collapsed building in Tainan, southern Taiwan, at night on Feb. 6. (Satoshi Ukai)
Relief efforts are being prepared in Japan for areas of southern Taiwan where a powerful earthquake killed more than 10 people, most of them residents of a collapsed 16-story...
Man pulled out alive after Taiwan quake, more than 130 people...
In the early morning, emergency rescuers continue to search for the missing in a collapsed building from an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, on Feb. 7. (AP Photo)
TAINAN, Taiwan--Rescuers in Taiwan pulled a young man alive from a collapsed apartment tower on Sunday more than 24 hours after a strong earthquake shook the island, and kept...
UPDATE: 7 dead, hundreds rescued and injured in Taiwan quake
A baby boy is rescued from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, on Saturday. (AP Photo)
TAINAN, Taiwan--Rescuers raced to find additional survivors after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday and collapsed a high-rise...
Earthquake shakes Tokyo, no tsunami risk
An earthquake has struck close to Tokyo, shaking much of the metropolitan region. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami risk.
Abe blasts North Korea's hydrogen bomb test
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks to reporters Jan. 6 after North Korea's announcement it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lashed out at North Korea on Jan. 6 for conducting a hydrogen bomb test, calling the latest provocation a "grave threat" that cannot go unanswered.
UPDATE/ Japan says North Korea quake may have been nuclear test
Japan's top government spokesman, citing past experience, said Jan. 6 that an earthquake in North Korea may have been a nuclear test.
Japan's building standards withstand biggest quake-resistance test
A 10-story reinforced concrete building sways at E-Defense testing facility in Miki, Hyogo Prefecture, on Dec. 11 during a test featuring the shaking of quake with a seismic intensity of upper 6 on the Japanese scale of 7. (Takehito Sato)
MIKI, Hyogo Prefecture--The world’s largest-scale quake-resistance experiment was conducted here, and a 10-story building conforming to Japan’s safety standards wobbled and ...
Japan’s bid for a 'world tsunami day' succeeds at U.N.
A statue of Goryo Hamaguchi stands in front of the Hirogawa town hall in Hirogawa, Wakayama Prefecture. Hamaguchi saved many lives by alerting others to the danger of a tsunami after a huge earthquake hit the region Nov. 5, 1854. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A U.N. committee unanimously adopted a motion by Japan to designate Nov. 5 as world tsunami day to promote awareness of the threats posed by high waves.
Magnitude-7 earthquake strikes off southwest Japan
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Nov. 14 off the coast of southwest Japan, triggering a small tsunami. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Over 260 dead as earthquake strikes Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghan women walk towards a damaged house following an earthquake, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 26. (AP Photo)
KABUL--A massive earthquake struck remote and impoverished regions of northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Oct. 26, killing at least 263 people as it shook buildings across...
Tsunami set off by Chile quake reaches Japan, high waves cause no...
Residents take shelter in Iwate Prefecture on Sept. 18 after a tsunami warning was issued due to a magnitude-8.3 earthquake that hit waters off the central coast of Chile. (Yusuke Hoshino)
Tsunami waves spawned by the magnitude-8.3 earthquake that struck off the central coast of Chile on the evening of Sept. 16 swept into coastal areas across Japan on Sept. 18,...
Magnitude-5.2 earthquake rattles Tokyo, injures 13
The Asahi Shimbun
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.2 struck the Tokyo metropolitan area at 5:49 a.m. on Sept. 12, injuring at least 13 people.
2011 quake likely failed to push Japan to meeting target of...
The Asahi Shimbun
Even after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, only an estimated 82 percent of homes in Japan were deemed quake resistant in 2013, a 3-percentage point increase over ...
U.N. in plea for no letup in international efforts to help...
Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF representative to Nepal, discusses the situation in Nepal following a powerful earthquake in April during a briefing in Tokyo on July 27. (Hiroshi Nakano)
A UNICEF representative called on the international community to continue paying attention to quake-stricken Nepal, especially as rebuilding efforts there are falling behind.
Devices developed to ease earthquake sway in high-rises
Weights of up to 300 tons are suspended inside a quake-resistance device developed by Kajima Corp. on the Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Yuji Shimoyama)
Japan has long been praised for its earthquake-resistant technologies, but a new focus is targeting a recently studied seismic phenomenon that has been rattling the nation.
INSIGHT: Nepal tent villages symbolize tug of war between major...
Rubble from the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that devastated central Nepal in late April remains near Durbar Square in Katmandu, a World Heritage site, on May 25. (Ryosuke Ono)
KATMANDU--Tent villages remained in place in many parts of the Nepalese capital, a reminder of the great earthquake that struck the central part of this landlocked nation two...
India, China pledge nearly $1.5 billion in Nepal quake aid
A foreign delegate photographs damaged buildings at the Basantapur Durbar Square heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 24.(AP Photo)
KATHMANDU--India and China pledged nearly $1.5 billion in aid for earthquake reconstruction in impoverished Nepal on June 25, as the Asian giants try to help it back on its...
Seabed research vessel will probe bottom of the sea to detect...
The seabed research vessel Kaimei is launched June 7 at a shipyard in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. (Keiko Nannichi)
SHIMONOSEKI, Yamaguchi Prefecture--A deep-sea research vessel that can analyze the ocean floor at a depth of 10,000 meters may be able to pinpoint where earthquakes are more...