earthquake

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...
Tectonic stress levels off northeastern Japan back to pre-disaster ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Pressure exerted by tectonic plate movement off Tohoku that triggered the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has returned to pre-disaster levels, seismologists say.
EDITORIAL: Enhanced vigilance against natural disasters cannot be...
Elementary school children and their parents take part in a firefighting drill in the playground of a local school in Kobe's Tarumi Ward in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Great Hanshin Earthquake struck on this day 20 years ago, claiming 6,434 lives in Kobe and surrounding areas.
VOX POPULI: On earthquake milestone, let us not forget those who...
A bouquet and a doll placed by well-wishers in a residential area devastated by a landslide in Hiroshima's Asa-Minami Ward last August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
"Laid gently on the rubble/ The flower grieves." This is the poem "Kuyashii" (Grieving) in its entirety by Toshikazu Yasumizu, 83, a Kobe native who survived the Great Hanshin...
VOX POPULI: Digital technology helps preserve memories, lessons...
A smartphone app developed by a team of Kyoto University researchers allows users to compare a recent photo of a site in Indonesia with a picture of the same place after the 2004 tsunami disaster. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In 1920, almost a quarter century after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the Sanriku coast of northeastern Japan, folklorist Kunio Yanagita (1875-1962) walked along...
PHOTO: Mourners remember those killed decade after Indian Ocean...
Two people give each other comfort on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the deadly Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. They are standing in front of a cenotaph that includes the names of 550 victims of the disaster who died in the area. (Masaru Komiyaji)
PHANG NGA, Thailand--On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Indian Ocean basin, many mourners wept and hugged as they...
Megaquake risk higher for areas along Japan's Pacific coast
The Asahi Shimbun
The likelihood of a catastrophic quake striking within 30 years was higher in areas along the Pacific coast, including densely populated parts of the Kanto region, according to ...
VOX POPULI: With snow coming, quake-hit Nagano villagers need help ...
Firefighters on Nov. 23 check a house in Hakuba village, Nagano Prefecture, that collapsed the previous day in a powerful earthquake. (Takuya Isayama)
Nov. 19 was the anniversary of the death of Issa Kobayashi (1763-1827), a poet from the northern part of the Shinano region (present-day Nagano Prefecture), which bordered the...
Hakuba ski resorts quell rumors of quake damage
A resident and rescue workers remove a family altar from a collapsed house in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, on Nov. 24. (Shiro Nishihata)
HAKUBA, Nagano Prefecture--Winter resort operators here are scrambling to quash rumors at home and abroad that a recent earthquake caused serious damage to their ski hills and...
2-year-old boy among 26 rescued in quake-hit Nagano area
A 2-year-old boy is rescued from a collapsed home in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, which was hit hard by an earthquake on Nov. 22. (Provided by Asahi Broadcasting Nagano Co.)
HAKUBA, Nagano Prefecture--In the pitch dark of night, firefighter Ryuhei Koyama noticed a leg under the wreckage of a collapsed home where the wails of a child were heard.
UPDATE: At least 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Nagano quake
Tracks of the JR Oito line are covered by a landslide on Nov. 23 that was triggered by an earthquake the night before in Otari, Nagano Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun/ Kengo Hiyoshi)
Helicopter surveys on Nov. 23 showed more extensive damage than previously thought from an overnight earthquake in the central mountainous Nagano area that hosted the 1998...
U.S. Ospreys join earthquake drill in Wakayama
Participants in a disaster drill pass relief supplies delivered by a U.S. Osprey aircraft in Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, on Oct. 19. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
WAKAYAMA--For the first time, U.S. military Osprey transport aircraft took part in a local government’s disaster drill in Japan.
Kyushu Electric submits measures for volcanic eruption to nuclear...
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. has submitted more details on its safety measures for a volcanic eruption affecting its Sendai nuclear power plant, which is located near active...
Strong quake shakes southwestern China, killing at least 1,...
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, villagers take refuge in the open air in the city of Pu'er in China's Yunnan province on Oct. 8. (AP photo)
BEIJING--A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks ...
Survey: Quake-resistance work done on 11% of buildings deemed weak
The first floor of this apartment building in Kobe collapsed in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Reinforcement work has been conducted on only 11 percent of apartment and condominium buildings judged to have insufficient earthquake-resistance strength in Tokyo and other...
UPDATE: Quake shakes Tokyo and outlying areas; rail services...
A mudslide hits an unoccupied car parked at a home in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, on Sept. 16. (Naoko Kawamura)
A relatively strong earthquake rattled Tokyo and the Kanto region around lunchtime on Sept. 16, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.
Okumura develops new quake reinforcement technique
The rendering shows that frames, drawn in blue, are installed on the outer portions of balconies of a building. (Provided by Okumura Corp.)
Osaka-based Okumura Corp. has developed a new method to reinforce buildings against earthquakes by installing frames on the outer portions of balconies or external corridors.
Rock legend's war essay prophetic in post-quake Japan
The late rock singer Kiyoshiro Imawano (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An essay written more than a decade ago by iconic rock star Kiyoshiro Imawano (1951-2009) has been creating an online buzz for its poignant words that resonate in a post-3/11...