earthquake

Steep rise in quake insurance reflects growing probability of...
Police officers and Ground Self-Defense Force personnel hold a training exercise to simulate rescue operations in collapsed houses due to a Nankai Trough earthquake in Nishio, Aichi Prefecture, in November 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Earthquake insurance is set to shoot up by as much as 30 percent as studies point to a growing probability of a devastating temblor striking a large city.
Strong quake hits Tokyo and surrounding areas
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.6 shook Tokyo and its surrounding areas at 2:28 p.m. on May 25, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Quake damage impeding UNESCO, Nepalese efforts to protect cultural ...
A sign has been placed in front of a collapsed stone pagoda at a central square in Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Akiko Suzuki)
BHAKTAPUR, Nepal--The Nepalese government is working with UNESCO officials to quickly ascertain the damage at World Cultural Heritage sites from the horrific April 25...
Officials urge people to evacuate damaged buildings after major...
A Nepalese person injured in the May 12 earthquake brought from Charikot, Dolakha District, lies on a stretcher at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Katmandu. (AP Photo)
CHAUTARA, Nepal--Officials with bullhorns walked through the quake-damaged streets of this small Nepal town on May 13, calling for people to leave the damaged buildings.
Japanese architect's space-age tent a boon for disaster victims
Architect Yusuke Murakami’s easy-to-erect tent, which was originally intended for astronauts, in Bungamati, Nepal, on May 11 (Akiko Suzuki)
BUNGAMATI, Nepal--A tent intended for use by astronauts on the moon may prove a lifesaver as a shelter during times of natural disaster, such as the recent earthquake in Nepal...
UPDATE: Another major quake hits Nepal, killing at least 42
Nepalese people gather in a temporary shelter after another strong earthquake struck in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on May 12. (AP Photo)
KATMANDU, Nepal--A major earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal on May 12, killing at least 42 people and injuring another 1,117, while triggering landslides and...
Mount Hakoneyama may be ready to erupt, agency says
Water vapor is seen rising near the Owakudani area on Mount Hakoneyama in Kanagawa Prefecture on May 7. Lake Ashinoko is in the background. (Eiji Hori)
Continuing earthquake activity signals that a small-scale eruption may occur at Mount Hakoneyama southwest of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Nepalese who studied quake engineering in Japan spreads...
Ramesh Guragain, right, inspects damage from the April 25 earthquake with Kimiro Meguro, professor at the University of Tokyo, in Katmandu on May 3. (Takuya Isayama)
KATMANDU--While earthquake engineer Ramesh Guragain was enjoying a picnic with acquaintances in a suburb here on April 25, a strong tremor suddenly disrupted the festivities.
Nepalese students create message for their devastated homeland...
A candle-lit message calling for prayers for Nepal glows at a festival at Moji Port in Kita-Kyushu on May 2. (Jun Kaneko)
KITA-KYUSHU--A candle-lit message asking for support to quake-stricken Nepal flickered brightly in the darkness at Moji Port here on May 2 as Nepalese and other foreign...
ASDF embarks on quake-relief mission in Nepal
Air Self-Defense Force members in charge of air transportation prepare to board a C-130 aircraft at the Komaki Air Base in Aichi Prefecture for a relief mission in quake-hit Nepal. (Taro Saito)
KOMAKI, Aichi Prefecture--An Air Self-Defense Force transport aircraft took off for a mission in Nepal to provide medical assistance and supplies to victims of the April 25...
Japanese rescuers search for quake survivors in Katmandu
Members of a Japanese disaster relief team at work in Katmandu on April 28 (Takuya Isayama)
KATMANDU--A Japanese disaster relief team got to work immediately after arriving in the quake-stricken Nepalese capital.
Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear
Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu on April 26. (AP Photo)
BHAKTAPUR, Nepal--Thousands of Nepalis began fleeing the capital Kathmandu on April 27, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks and fearing shortages of food and...
UPDATE: Magnitude 6.7 aftershock hits Nepal, causes panic
In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, tourists sleep at an open space after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 26. (Xinhua via AP)
KATHMANDU, Nepal--A powerful aftershock shook Nepal on April 26, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive...
Nepal quake: At least 1,500 dead, Everest shaken
Volunteers help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 25. (AP Photo)
KATHMANDU, Nepal--Tens of thousands of people spent the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on April 25, killing at ...
Powerful Nepal quake kills at least 108, toll expected to rise
Injured people receive treatment outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu on April 25. (AP Photo)
KATHMANDU--A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on April 25, killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and...
Disaster plan seeks to mitigate damage from magnitude-7 quake in...
Firefighters rescue an injured person from a collapsed home in a disaster drill. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government has set a goal of halving the number of fatalities and the extent of damage from a long-predicted major earthquake striking the Tokyo metropolitan area,...
EDITORIAL: Regular updates, flexibility needed for earthquake...
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The government’s Central Disaster Management Council on March 30 released an emergency response plan to deal with the feared huge earthquake that could occur along the Nankai ...
VOX POPULI: Anniversary of 2011 disaster a strong reminder of need ...
A refuge called an “inochiyama” (mountain of life) is under construction in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, in 2013 to prepare for an expected gigantic earthquake and tsunami along the Pacific coast of Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Inochiyama,” which is written in two kanji that stand for “life” and “mountain,” might make a suitable “shikona” ring name for a sumo wrestler who is strong...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: NTT Docomo to offer foreign language quake,...
The city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, faces the onslaught of tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Katsujiro Kakezono)
NTT Docomo Inc. is set to start a service that translates earthquake and tsunami alert messages into multiple languages for users of Android-based smartphones.
3-D project under way to preserve data of disaster-ravaged...
A 3-D laser scanner is used to collect structural data at the Koyasu Kannondo temple in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 16. The temple was damaged by tsunami spawned by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Yasuo Kojima)
FUKUSHIMA--A university museum and other organizations have launched a project to preserve the images and data of buildings destroyed by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake...