earthquake

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...
Major quake-response drill held at bullet train base
Conductors prepare to pull out a traction coupler from the first car of a Shinkansen in Settsu, Osaka Prefecture, on Nov. 27. (Mari Endo)
SETTSU, Osaka Prefecture--In preparation for the ever-present threat of a powerful temblor disrupting Shinkansen service, more than 1,000 people participated in an emergency...
Damage from Tokyo earthquake put at 300 trillion yen
Yoshiaki Kawata, vice president of the Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute, gives a lecture during a symposium in Tokyo on Nov. 20. (Makiko Ikenaga)
A magnitude-7.3 earthquake below Tokyo could cause 300 trillion yen ($3 trillion) in economic damage, according to a member of a government advisory council on natural...
7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan; no damage reports
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant early on Oct. 26, triggering small tsunamis but causing no damage.
New research predicts giant quakes in 17 areas globally
The Asahi Shimbun
The Okinawa and Ogasawara island chains are among 17 areas around the world that are at risk of being hit by magnitude-9 class earthquakes, based on estimates of seismic energy ...
Updated quake hazard map shows high risk in eastern Tokyo
The Asahi Shimbun
Tokyo's eastern neighborhoods, characterized by unstable ground and numerous wooden houses, are at a high risk of fire and building collapse, according to an updated hazard map ...
Study: Massive quake could cripple nation's super high-rises
An artist's rendition of a system to control vibrations of an earthquake with the use of huge weights, which was jointly developed by Mitsui Fudosan Co. and Kajima Corp. The work to install the weights is expected to get under way soon on the rooftop of the 55-story Shinjuku Mitsui Building in the Shinjuku district in Tokyo. (Provided by Mitsui Fudosan Co.)
In a new study that architects are taking seriously, a massive earthquake expected to strike Japan’s Pacific coast could cause such extensive damage to super skyscrapers in...
Pendulum device to reduce swaying of skyscrapers during quakes
The Asahi Shimbun
Two companies have developed a seismic control device weighing several hundred tons that can be installed on top of skyscrapers to suppress slow and large vibrations on the...
Toll from China quake hits 94, with 1,000 injured
Soldiers carry out a rescue mission after a strong quake jolted Lalu Village in Gansu province on July 22. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Rescuers with shovels and sniffer dogs chipped away at collapsed hillsides on July 23 as the death toll rose to 94 from a strong earthquake in a farming region of...