earthquake

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...
Rescuers search for survivors after quake kills 381 in southern...
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers transport injured people after an earthquake in Zhaotong City in the densely populated Ludian county in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Aug. 3. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Rescuers dug through shattered homes Aug. 4 looking for survivors of a strong earthquake in southern China's Yunnan province that killed at least 381 people and...
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.