JAPAN EARTHQUAKE

  • Will.i.am finds old taste in new music November 29, 2014

    Los Angeles: Former Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am seems to be bored with the current state of music, and he's planning to "energise" his batteries to bring something fresh. The singer feels that the records that are hitting the charts sound similar to the music that was released over 10 years...
  • 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan earthquake November 23, 2014

    Tokyo: Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken...
  • Japan prepares for 7.8 magnitude quake but reports 2.3 magnitude August 8, 2013

    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 could...
  • 16 injured as earthquake rocks Japan April 13, 2013

    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 April 13, 2013

    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 sealevel changes in coastal regions, the earthquake caused no damage to Japan," the agency said...
  • Earthquake measuring 6.8 shakes northern Japan March 14, 2012

    Tokyo: A strong earthquake shook northern Japan on Wednesday evening, and a small tsunami was forecast for part of its Pacific coast. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the tremor was 6.8 magnitude. A tsunami of about a halfmeter was forecast for Hokkaido island's central and eastern Pacific coast, and for Aomori...
  • The Fukushima disaster: One year on March 11, 2012

    March 11 will mark the oneyear anniversary of Japan's deadly earthquake and tsunami. It is hard to imagine the amount of work that still needs to be done to rebuild countless communities. And while Japan's economy may be struggling, in the disaster zone, there are plenty of jobs to be...
  • 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits northern Japan November 24, 2011

    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 tsunami...
  • Media allowed into Japan's tsunamihit nuke plant November 12, 2011

    Okuma: Media allowed into Japan's tsunamidamaged 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, including...
  • Japan quake: Fukushima victims homeless, angry October 18, 2011

    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 August 30, 2011

    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 54yearold fiscal hawk who wants to curb Japan's huge...
  • Magnitude 6.8 quake jolts Japan, no damage August 19, 2011

    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 highspeed bullet trains were...
  • Fukushima cleanup could take decades: Japan July 10, 2011

    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 cleanup at Fukushima beyond...
  • Gaga sued over Japan quake charity bracelets June 28, 2011

    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 the...
  • Japan utility behind damaged Nplant apologises June 28, 2011

    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 its...
  • Most Japanese oppose nuke reactor restarts: poll June 27, 2011

    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 Electric...
  • Lady GaGa accused of charity scam June 27, 2011

    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 1800LAWFIRM claims that GaGa sold the bracelets for $5, plus $3.99...
  • Japan govt proposes tax hikes for reconstruction June 25, 2011

    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 for...
  • China may lift nuclear approvals by 2012: report June 25, 2011

    Shanghai: China's suspension of nuclear project approvals, put in place in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, could be lifted by mid2012, a newspaper reported on Saturday. The State Council, or cabinet, suspended approvals of new nuclear projects on March 16, days after Japan's quakeravaged nuclear complex triggered radiation worries worldwide,...
  • Radiation spike halts work at Japan Nplant June 18, 2011

    Tokyo: A rise in radiation halted the cleanup 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 quakestricken plant. The power plant has been leaking radiation into the atmosphere ever since the March...
  • Japan to start cleanup of radioactive water June 17, 2011

    Tokyo: The operator of Japan's crisishit 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 cleanup begins, large and growing pools of radioactive water could spill into the sea within a week, officials said. Tokyo...
  • Japan nuclear plant moves radioactive water June 5, 2011

    Tokyo: The Japanese utility battling to bring its radiationspewing 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 the...
  • Japan's PM under pressure to resign over crisis June 2, 2011

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, facing a noconfidence 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. He...
  • IAEA says Japan underestimated tsunami threat June 1, 2011

    Tokyo: An International Atomic Energy Agency team says Japan's nuclear authorities underestimated the possibility of a massive tsunami hitting the Daiichi 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 was...
  • Japan's unemployment rate rises to 4.7 per cent May 31, 2011

    Tokyo: Japan's unemployment rate in April rose for the first time in six months, while the nation's factory output posted a weakerthanexpected 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, the...
  • Cooling system restored at Tepco's No 5 plant May 29, 2011

    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 at...
  • 'Japan quake moved ocean floor 79 feet sideways' May 22, 2011

    London: The 8.9magnitude 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 at...
  • Japan quake reconstruction to cost $ 184 bn May 22, 2011

    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 May 20, 2011

    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 crisis...
  • Worker at Japan's tsunamihit plant dies May 14, 2011

    Tokyo: The operator of Japan's tsunamiwrecked 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 Daiichi nuclear plant when he collapsed on Saturday. Matsumoto says...