Japan Earthquake

  • Japan prepares for 7.8 magnitude quake but reports 2.3 magnitude 08-08-2013 03:15 PM

    Tokyo: Japan's Meteorological Agency said it is investigating after it issued an alert for a very strong earthquake that turned out to be only a mild shake. Loud alarms rang from cellphones and TVs just before 5:00 PM Japan time on Thursday, warning of an earthquake of magnitude 7.8, which...
  • 16 injured as earthquake rocks Japan 13-04-2013 01:25 PM

    Tokyo: Sixteen people were injured on Saturday when a powerful quake jolted western Japan, authorities said. The earthquake shook Hyogo prefecture and its surrounding areas in western Japan early Saturday morning, reported Xinhua. The quake, registering a preliminary magnitude of 6, occurred at 5.33 a.m. The epicentre of the quake...
  • Strong earthquake hits western Japan, no tsunami warning 13-04-2013 08:13 AM

    Tokyo: A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit western Japan early on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued, the nation's meteorological agency reported. "Although there may be slight sea-level changes in coastal regions, the earthquake caused no damage to Japan," the agency said...
  • 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits northern Japan 24-11-2011 04:47 PM

    Tokyo: A strong earthquake hit northern Japan on Thursday, but no damage was immediately reported. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude 6.1 quake struck early in the evening south of the main northern island of Hokkaido. No damage or injuries have been reported, and the agency did not issue a...
  • Media allowed into Japan's tsunami-hit nuke plant 12-11-2011 03:07 PM

    Okuma: Media allowed into Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant for the first time on Saturday saw a striking scene of devastation: twisted and overturned trucks, crumbling reactor buildings and piles of rubble virtually untouched since the wave struck more than eight months ago. Representatives of the Japanese and international media,...
  • Japan quake: Fukushima victims homeless, angry 18-10-2011 10:08 AM

    Fukushima: At last, victims of Japan's nuclear crisis can claim compensation. And they are angry. They are furious at the red tape they have to wade through just to receive basic help and in despair they still cannot get on with their lives seven months after the huge quake and...
  • Yoshihiko Noda to be Japan's next PM 30-08-2011 09:48 AM

    Tokyo: Japan Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda is to be voted in on Tuesday as the country's sixth prime minister in five years amid doubts he can unite his fractious ruling party while tackling myriad economic ills and a nuclear crisis. Noda, a 54-year-old fiscal hawk who wants to curb Japan's...
  • Magnitude 6.8 quake jolts Japan, no damage 19-08-2011 01:29 PM

    Tokyo: A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted northeastern Japan off Fukushima prefecture on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, although no damage was reported and a tsunami advisory for the area was lifted after no waves were sighted. Some highways were closed and high-speed bullet trains...
  • Fukushima clean-up could take decades: Japan 10-07-2011 08:50 AM

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Saturday that it will take decades to clean up and decommission the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl. Kan's comments marked the first time that Japan's government has offered a timeframe for the clean-up at Fukushima...
  • Gaga sued over Japan quake charity bracelets 28-06-2011 10:56 AM

    Los Angeles: Pop superstar Lady Gaga has been sued over sales of her wristbands for Japan's earthquake relief efforts in a class action that claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised. Michigan legal network 1800LAWFIRM also alleges that Gaga and other companies involved in...
  • Japan utility behind damaged N-plant apologises 28-06-2011 09:57 AM

    Tokyo: Executives at the Japanese utility behind the nuclear power plant sent into meltdown by the March quake apologized on Tuesday to investors who repeatedly interrupted the annual meeting of shareholders with heckles, yells and outraged questions. Tokyo Electric Power Co Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata promised that the company was doing...
  • Most Japanese oppose nuke reactor restarts: poll 27-06-2011 12:58 PM

    Tokyo: Nearly 70 per cent of Japanese oppose the restart of nuclear reactors halted for maintenance work, a poll showed on Monday, even though keeping them shut could mean power blackouts this summer and higher electricity bills. Public fears about nuclear power have grown due to the crisis at Tokyo...
  • Lady GaGa accused of charity scam 27-06-2011 12:56 PM

    Los Angeles: Lady Gaga is being sued in a $5 million class action suit for allegedly scamming a Japan relief charity. She has been accused of pocketing proceeds from the sales of "We Pray for Japan" wristbands. Michigan Law firm 1-800-LAW-FIRM claims that GaGa sold the bracelets for $5, plus...
  • Japan govt proposes tax hikes for reconstruction 25-06-2011 12:34 PM

    Tokyo: Japan should raise taxes to fund rebuilding after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government's advisory panel said on Saturday, but it is unclear how binding its recommendations will be given the political impasse over the fate of Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The panel's proposal provides the basis...
  • China may lift nuclear approvals by 2012: report 25-06-2011 11:04 AM

    Shanghai: China's suspension of nuclear project approvals, put in place in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, could be lifted by mid-2012, a newspaper reported on Saturday. The State Council, or cabinet, suspended approvals of new nuclear projects on March 16, days after Japan's quake-ravaged nuclear complex triggered radiation worries...
  • Radiation spike halts work at Japan N-plant 18-06-2011 05:19 PM

    Tokyo: A rise in radiation halted the clean-up of radioactive water at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power station on Saturday hours after it got under way, a fresh setback to efforts to restore control over the quake-stricken plant. The power plant has been leaking radiation into the atmosphere ever since the...
  • Japan to start clean-up of radioactive water 17-06-2011 05:50 PM

    Tokyo: The operator of Japan's crisis-hit nuclear power plant said it would start an operation to clean up radioactive water later on Friday, after several glitches that delayed the plan. Unless the clean-up begins, large and growing pools of radioactive water could spill into the sea within a week, officials...
  • Japan nuclear plant moves radioactive water 05-06-2011 12:55 PM

    Tokyo: The Japanese utility battling to bring its radiation-spewing nuclear reactor under control says it is moving 1,500 more tons of radioactive water into temporary storage. Tokyo Electric Power Company said on Sunday that the move is critical to prevent the spilling of highly radioactive water into the ground and...
  • Japan's PM under pressure to resign over crisis 02-06-2011 10:34 AM

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, said on Thursday he will consider resigning once Japan's efforts to recover from its earthquake and tsunami disaster take firm hold. Kan told members of his party that he felt responsible for carrying through with leading the recovery....
  • IAEA says Japan underestimated tsunami threat 01-06-2011 10:34 AM

    Tokyo: An International Atomic Energy Agency team says Japan's nuclear authorities underestimated the possibility of a massive tsunami hitting the Dai-ichi power plant but praised the overall response. The preliminary report submitted on Wednesday said Japan's response was exemplary. However, it added that the tsunami hazard for several nuclear sites...
  • Japan's unemployment rate rises to 4.7 per cent 31-05-2011 08:07 AM

    Tokyo: Japan's unemployment rate in April rose for the first time in six months, while the nation's factory output posted a weaker-than-expected rebound amid sluggish output following the March earthquake and tsunami. The April jobless rate climbed to 4.7 per cent from the March unemployment rate of 4.6 per cent,...
  • Cooling system restored at Tepco's No 5 plant 29-05-2011 11:22 AM

    Tokyo: Tokyo Electric Power has restored the cooling system of the nuclear reactor and fuel pool at the No 5 unit of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant in northeastern Japan, an official of the plant operator said on Sunday. Tokyo Electric, know as TEPCO, said the cooling facility restarted...
  • 'Japan quake moved ocean floor 79 feet sideways' 22-05-2011 04:58 PM

    London: The 8.9-magnitude earthquake which triggered a massive tsunami and devastated coastal region of Japan was so powerful that it shifted the ocean floor sideways by 79 feet, scientists have claimed. The immense amount of seismic stress that remain there following the March 11 earthquake has also put the region...
  • Japan quake reconstruction to cost $ 184 bn 22-05-2011 10:08 AM

    Tokyo: Japanese Economics Minister Kaoru Yosano said on Sunday the government may need to spend 10 trillion yen to 15 trillion yen ($184 billion) for reconstruction from the devastating earthquake that hit the country's northeast in March. The government may need to issue bonds to meet the costs but should...
  • President of Japan's TEPCO resigning: report 20-05-2011 09:18 AM

    Tokyo: The utility behind the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl is almost certain to report massive losses on Friday, as expectations grow for its president to step down in disgrace. Japanese media reports said Tokyo Electric Power Co President Masataka Shimizu will resign to take responsibility for the nuclear...
  • Worker at Japan's tsunami-hit plant dies 14-05-2011 09:49 AM

    Tokyo: The operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked nuclear power plant says a contract worker in his sixties has died after collapsing at the facility's waste disposal building. Tokyo Electric Power Co spokesman Naoyuki Matsumoto says the man was carrying equipment at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant when he collapsed on Saturday....
  • Japan bra carries messages of encouragement 11-05-2011 02:49 PM

    Tokyo: A Japanese lingerie maker on Wednesday unveiled a bra that carries messages of encouragement from overseas as the country struggles to recover from a devastating quake and tsunami that struck exactly two months ago. The white, bustier-style garment and matching skirt by Triumph are covered with messages from 36...
  • Quake shifted Japan; towns flood at high tide 09-05-2011 04:51 PM

    Ishinomaki: When water begins to trickle down the streets of her coastal neighborhood, Yoshiko Takahashi knows it is time to hurry home. Twice a day, the flow steadily increases until it is knee-deep, carrying fish and debris by her front door and trapping people in their homes. Those still on...
  • Workers enter Japan nuclear reactor building 05-05-2011 08:18 PM

    Tokyo: Workers entered one of the damaged reactor buildings at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant on Thursday for the first time since it was rocked by an explosion in the days after a devastating earthquake, the plant's operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co said workers connected ventilation and air filtration...
  • Workers enter Japan N-plant for the first time 05-05-2011 10:30 AM

    Tokyo: Japan's nuclear safety agency says workers have entered the reactor building of Unit 1 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for the first time since right after the March 11 earthquake. The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said workers were installing six ventilation machines Thursday in...