tsunami

Google adds time-travel feature to its Street View service
A Google Street View image of the Marunouchi terminal building at JR Tokyo Station taken in July 2013 (Provided by Google Japan)
Google Inc. is enabling users worldwide to feel like they are traveling back in time under a service initially set up to help victims of the March 2011 disaster in northeastern ...
NPO leader draws from his past in helping post-earthquake orphans
Masahiro Nishida (Photo by Kengo Hiyoshi)
SENDAI--In a room littered with toys in a building outside JR Sendai Station, the headquarters of the Children's Grief Support Station, children are often hesitant to enter,...
Beloved Sanriku Railway making full comeback, despite fears for...
The first train in the morning on Sanriku Railway Co.’s South Rias Line leaves Kamaishi Station in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on April 5. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--A local railway operator here that won the hearts and minds of the nation with its tireless efforts to rebound from the earthquake and tsunami...
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.
EDITORIAL: Disaster-stricken region offers invaluable teaching...
Taking advantage of his background in the private sector, Takaaki Kanno works for the rebuilding of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, as a member of the town hall. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three years have passed since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan. The devastation in the Tohoku region prompted many of us to ask ourselves,...
IHI unveils tsunami-proof 'Noah's Ark' for those unable to flee
The exterior of a tsunami lifeboat developed by IHI Corp. (Takumi Fujii)
AIOI, Hyogo Prefecture--Shipbuilder IHI Corp. has unveiled an unsinkable lifeboat for people unable to reach safe high ground in the event of a tsunami and for those physically ...
Fisheries wiped out by 2011 tsunami seek ways to revive struggling ...
Hiromitu Ito, 53, left, shovels oysters as Yuki Miura, 23, works on a rope on March 7 after harvesting oysters from one of their oyster farms three years after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Ogatsu town, Miyagi Prefecture. (AP Photo)
When the tsunami smashed the seafood processing factory where Shoichi Sato was working, he lost his job but eventually found a new life. Three years later, Sato is among the...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Man sues over failures in 3/11 tsunami warnings
Local residents evacuate to a shrine on a hill after a tsunami alert was issued following an aftershock of the Great East Japan Earthquake on Aug. 14, 2011, in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--A man who lost his wife in the 2011 disaster has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for what he claims were failures in the tsunami warning...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Anti-nuclear idol Fujinami frustrated by waning ...
Cocoro Fujinami (Photo by Noriyuki Kaneta)
Stardom is often fleeting for aspiring idols, but for Cocoro Fujinami, the fading interest she has seen is particularly frustrating.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Photographer restores 750,000 pictures thought...
Munemasa Takahashi (Photo by Kazuo Yamamoto)
Munemasa Takahashi has restored and returned 340,000 photos that were washed away by the 2011 tsunami to their rightful and grateful owners.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Silent prayers offered throughout Japan at 2:46 ...
People offer silent prayers in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 amid a wailing siren, the exact time the Great East Japan Earthquake struck three years ago. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
People throughout Japan bowed their heads in silent prayer on March 11, which marked the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
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.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Fisherman who lost family on 3/11 sails with...
Yasuhiro Igarashi talks with a crew member of the Yusei Maru in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, before the boat leaves on a fishing expedition on Feb. 25. (Atsushi Matsukawa)
YAMADA, Iwate Prefecture--A fisherman who lost his family in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami three years ago hopes to rejuvenate himself with a ship he named after...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Miyagi town starts demolition of proposed 3/11...
Demolition work begins March 3 on the four-story Onagawa Supplement building that was toppled in the 2011 tsunami in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--Demolition work began here March 3 on a toppled building that many townspeople wanted to preserve as a memorial to the devastation caused by the...
Study: Nankai Trough quake would create 11 times more debris than...
Debris from the Great East Japan Earthquake is loaded onto a truck in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb. 25. It was the prefecture’s last haul of waste from the disaster. (Toru Furusho)
A Nankai Trough earthquake would produce up to 11 times more debris, garbage and mud than the detritus left behind from the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to the...
Ishinomaki holds final exhibition of items swept away by tsunami
Items recovered from the March 2011 tsunami, such as photos and student yearbooks, are on display in the Kahoku Sogo Center in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb. 28, a day before the opening of the exhibition. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Recovered personal items that were washed away by the March 2011 tsunami are on display for the last time at an exhibition that opened March 1 in ...
Grim reminder of the frantic efforts to prevent Fukushima meltdown
Technicians recorded water-gauge levels as they tried to avert meltdowns in the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Pool)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Notations scribbled on a control panel testify to the panic that gripped technicians as disaster enveloped the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
In shadow of Fukushima nuclear plant, a town withers away
Documents and other files are scattered on the first floor of the Futaba town office in Fukushima Prefecture on Feb. 25. (Satoru Ogawa)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A calendar showing March 2011 still hangs on a wall, while a clock suspended from the ceiling remains stuck at 2:50. Documents and other files are ...
Handicrafts made from kimono that survived tsunami will be sold in ...
Yuriko Shimizu, left, and Hiroko Kida pose with their handmade products from kimono in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. (Takeshi Aose)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Spared from the tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake, kimono that had been in two women's families here for generations will be...
Authorities turn to mitochondrial DNA tests to identify 3/11...
The Asahi Shimbun
Japanese authorities who are still trying to identify the remains of victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami say they are having greater success testing...