earthquake

Emperor, empress visit temporary shopping street in Miyagi
The emperor and empress tour shops in the Minami-Sanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village on July 23 in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko dropped by a makeshift market here July 23 to offer encouragement to store owners affected by March 2011...
Tokyo police to distribute life-saving whistles in case of killer...
The whistle that Tokyo police will distribute to residents (Kaigo Narisawa)
Tokyo police will distribute whistles for residents of the capital to alert rescuers in an emergency, such as being trapped under a collapsed building following a big...
Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan, no damage
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off eastern Japan early morning on July 12, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with minor tsunami of up to 20 cm but no reports of damage...
Shimizu, Nippon Steel develop safer quake-mitigation floor for...
The Asahi Shimbun
Shimizu Corp. and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. have jointly developed a new thinner quake-absorbing floor specially designed for hospital operating rooms, which will...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (4): Imperial...
Kenji Satake, who heads the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center (Ryuichi Kitano)
Editor's note: This is the fourth part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great...
Studying 'simple Japanese' to convey disaster information to...
Students of the Social Linguistics Lab at Hirosaki University's Faculty of Humanities who made online learning materials for studying "simple Japanese" (Provided by Hirosaki University)
A university in northern Japan is calling upon municipalities and support groups to learn "simple Japanese" to inform foreign residents about evacuations or other emergencies.
UPDATE: Tokyo's strongest tremor since Great East Japan Earthquake ...
The strongest earthquake registered in Tokyo since the 2011 Tohoku disaster rocked the nation’s capital early on May 5, injuring 16 people and causing minor disruptions in...
Strong earthquake jolts Tokyo region; no injuries
TOKYO--A strong earthquake jolted Tokyo May 5, rattling windows and nerves, though there were no initial reports of injuries or major damage.
Survivors of 2011 disaster race to flee as tsunami arrives from...
This woman, taking shelter at a municipal health and welfare center in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on April 3, said she woke her son, lying asleep on the sofa, immediately after a tsunami advisory was issued. (Masataka Yamaura)
Tsunami generated by the magnitide-8.2 earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Chile on April 1 took nearly a full day to cross the Pacific Ocean.
Transport ministry: Tokyo quake would strand 1.8 million commuters
Stranded passengers fill the roads and square in front of Tokyo's Shinjuku Station in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A huge morning earthquake striking directly beneath the Tokyo metropolitan area would strand about 1.8 million railway commuters and force 45 flights to divert their landings...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Quake or tsunami? Panels at odds over cause of...
Isolation condensers and peeled thermal insulation are seen amid debris from an explosion at the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in May 2013. (Provided by the Nuclear Regulation Authority)
The thousands of families wanting to know what specifically led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that turned their lives upside down might have to wait decades for an answer.
NRA to designate nuclear plants for priority safety screenings
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it will designate nuclear power plants for priority safety checks from among the six that are currently being screened to determine if...
INTERVIEW: Kan blasts plan to restart Hamaoka nuclear plant
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan talks to The Asahi Shimbun on Feb. 14. (Hitoshi Kujiraoka)
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who effectively shut down the Hamaoka nuclear plant following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, criticized as “radically wrong” preparations to...
Study: Tsunami sparked more than 40% of fires on 3/11
The massive tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, causes extensive fires in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 40 percent of all the fires spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake were the result of the massive tsunami that followed, a recent study by an academic society has ...
High school students discover unrecorded tsunami hit 1,300 years...
Iwata-Minami High School’s geoscience club members show off strata that display traces of ancient tsunami at their school in November. (Makoto Takada)
IWATA, Shizuoka Prefecture--High school students have discovered a previously unrecorded tsunami that occurred in Japan's ancient past more than 1,300 years ago based on...
Teacher who abandoned students in Sichuan quake discusses Chinese...
Fan Meizhong grants an interview in Chengdu, Sichuan province. (Koichi Furuya)
CHENGDU, China--Over the past year, there has been a disturbingly increasing number of incidents reported in the Chinese media where people have turned their backs on their...
Probability of powerful quake raised for Kanto region
The Asahi Shimbun
Probability rates increased for a powerful earthquake striking the Kanto, Shikoku and Kyushu regions over the next 30 years, but the likelihood was lowered for the Tokai region,...
TOKYO AT RISK: Government estimates 23,000 killed in quake beneath ...
The Asahi Shimbun
A massive magnitude-7 earthquake, expected to strike beneath Tokyo with a high probability within 30 years, could claim up to 23,000 lives, destroy more than 600,000 buildings...
TOKYO AT RISK: Imagining a magnitude-7 quake in Tokyo
Residents living in Chiba Prefecture are forced to walk home from Tokyo after public transportation was severely disrupted following the Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck on March 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
If a magnitude-7 earthquake were to strike the nation's capital, the total figures for fatalities and economic damage would be overwhelming, according to a central government...
EDITORIAL: What Tokyo must do in preparing for the Big One
Fire risk: Wooden houses stand close together in the Higashi-Ikebukuro district of Tokyo's Toshima Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
According to a government panel, there is a 70 percent chance of a major earthquake striking directly below the Tokyo area in the next 30 years. It said the death toll would...