Japan Earthquake - updates

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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits northeastern Japan, no tsunami threat

Aug 04, 2019 - 7:41 PM

The earthquake jolts large areas in the region at 7:23 pm with its epicenter located 54 kilometer east of Namie in eastern Fukushima, according to the US Geological Survey

Japan issues tsunami advisory following magnitude 6.4 earthquake

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:57 PM

(UPDATED) A wave of one meter (3 feet) is expected to hit the coast of the Sea of Japan, north of Tokyo, the nation's meteorological agency says

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(4th UPDATE) Around 5 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma

AFTERMATH. This picture shows an aerial view of houses damaged by a landslide in Atsuma town, Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018, after an earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Japan's Hokkaido island – USGS

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:03 AM

The relatively shallow quake strikes 62 kilometers (39 miles) southeast of the regional capital Sapporo

5.9-magnitude quake felt in Tokyo, no tsunami warning

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Japan's meteorological agency says no tsunami warning was issued

No Filipinos hurt after strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan – DFA

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'We express our condolences to the government of Japan over the loss of lives in this morning's earthquake in the Kansai Region,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after a magnitude-5.3 earthquake in Osaka, Japan

OSAKA EARTHQUAKE. Police check a collapsed road following an earthquake in Takatsuki, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. Photo by STR/Jiji Press/AFP

Three dead, 200 hurt as strong quake jolts Japan's Osaka

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:59 AM

(5th UPDATE) Among the casualties is a 9-year-old girl who died in the city of Takatsuki, north of Osaka city, reportedly trapped by a collapsed wall following the 5.3-magnitude quake

WALKING BACK. Passengers from a train walk along railroad tracks following an earthquake in Osaka on June 18, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy 6 years on

Mar 11, 2017 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED I feel pain deep in my heart thinking about the health of those aging year by year in the disaster zone and people who remain unable to return home due to high radiation levels Prince Akishino says

REMEMBERING 3/11. Balloons in the shape of doves are released into the air during a memorial service for victims of the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster in Natori, Miyagi prefecture on March 11, 2017.  KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

5.5-magnitude quake strikes near Japan's east coast – USGS

Dec 31, 2016 - 7:31 AM

The moderate earthquake hits at a shallow depth of 11 kilometers

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Strong quake hits Japan, triggers Fukushima tsunami

Nov 22, 2016 - 6:38 AM

UPDATED There are no signs immediate signs of widespread damage and only a handful of minor injuries are reported but people along the coast are badly shaken

Japan's Meteorological Agency official Koji Nakamura gives a briefing following a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the country's northeast, in Tokyo on November 22, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Western Japan jolted by 6.2-magnitude quake

Oct 21, 2016 - 1:48 PM

3rd UPDATE An aftershock at a magnitude of 5 0 strikes after the initial quake

How to know if your area is near a fault line

Aug 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Phivolcs' FaultFinder web app lets users determine their distance from the nearest active fault line

Recent strong earthquakes have no influence on each other – Phivolcs

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:27 PM

The agency also says the strong earthquakes will not trigger the Big One in the Philippines

Japan battles to care for 100,000 evacuees after quake

Apr 18, 2016 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED The disaster prone country s worst humanitarian challenge since 2011 has left 44 dead and more than 1 000 injured

RESCUE EFFORTS. Rescue workers from Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force dig a vehicle out from mud at a landslide site in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, April 18, 2016. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/AFP

Rescuers race to reach Japan quake victims

Apr 17, 2016 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED At least 41 are confirmed dead with 11 others still missing feared buried in shattered houses or under torrents of mud

SAVED. Rescue workers save a person from a collapsed building in Kumamoto, Japan, on April 16, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Scores trapped as Japan quakes toll hits 41

Apr 16, 2016 - 8:34 AM

7th UPDATE A spokesperson says nearly 1 000 people have been hurt 184 of them seriously

Members of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and police rescuers run through debris of collapsed houses as they head for a rescue work in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 16 April 2016, after a strong magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit southwestern Japan in the early morning. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Magnitude 7 earthquake strikes Japan

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:05 AM

3rd UPDATE The Japan Meteorological Agency initially issues a tsunami warning for the western coast of the Kyushu island where hundreds were injured in Thursday s quake but later lifts it

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Rescuers search for survivors after deadly Japan quake

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:37 AM

3rd UPDATE So far the death toll stands at 9 while 881 others are injured

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE. Police officers search for victims under collapsed stone walls in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, early on April 15, 2016, after strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu the day before. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Strong 6.5-magnitude quake hits southwestern Japan

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:00 PM

3rd UPDATE The quake strikes at 9:26 pm 1226 GMT in Kumamoto central Kyushu at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers 6 2 miles according to the Japan Meteorological Agency

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Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

Mar 11, 2016 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED I hope people will remember us that lives of evacuees are still difficult in many ways including financially Kazuko Nihei 39 says at a memorial event in a Tokyo park

AFTER 5 YEARS. Visitors offer a prayer for victims, at the former Disaster Prevention Center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2016. 43 people were killed when a 15.5-meter high wave hit the town. Japan will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:26 AM

As officials vow to prevent a repeat some critics say Tokyo s push to restart switched off nuclear reactors is proof that the lessons of the tragedy have not been learned

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Kobe marks 21 years since killer quake

Jan 17, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The 7 2 magnitude quake hit at 5:46 am on January 17 1995 killing 6 434 people and levelling much of the city

'FUTURE 1.17' This overhead photo shows candles indicating 'Future 1.17' during a memorial service to mark the 21st anniversary of the 'Great Hanshin Earthquake' at a park in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan on January 17, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Strong 7.0-magnitude quake hits off Japan coast; no major damage

Nov 14, 2015 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED Still officials urge residents to exhibit caution

Moderate 5.4-magnitude earthquake rocks Tokyo

Sep 12, 2015 - 3:51 PM

UPDATED The US Geological Survey locates the epicenter of the 5 4 magnitude earthquake in Tokyo Bay

Powerful 7.8 quake shakes Japan

May 30, 2015 - 8:06 PM

UPDATED There is no risk of tsunami reports the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center despite the huge power of the quake that struck around 870 kilometers south of Tokyo

Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

May 25, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Scientist say there is no risk of a tsunami from the quake which had a magnitude of 5 6 according to an early record by the Japan Meteorological Agency

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May 13, 2015 - 8:40 PM

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Strong 6.8-magnitude quake hits northeastern Japan

May 13, 2015 - 7:37 AM

Japan s meteorological agency said there was no immediate tsunami threat from the quake

Strong Japan quake leaves 39 injured, hits popular ski resort

Nov 23, 2014 - 11:50 AM

The government says the 6 2 magnitude quake injured 39 people destroying houses and snapping water pipes with the worst damage in mountainous areas

6.2 quake hits central Japan, flattens houses

Nov 22, 2014 - 9:47 PM

2nd UPDATE The quake strikes Japan at 10:08 pm 9:08 pm Manila time with its epicenter at a depth of 10 kilometers north of Nagano Prefecture

Strong quake hits Japan

Sep 16, 2014 - 11:37 AM

UPDATED Japanese television said there was no immediate risk of a tsunami from the quake

A general view shows the skyline of Shinjuku in Tokyo on August 13, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan gov't calls on citizens to stockpile toilet paper

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:08 PM

The country has experienced shortage of sanitary products in past disasters Also 40 of its toilet paper production is in a region where a disastrous quake and tsunami could strike

Japan braced for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake

Jul 12, 2014 - 1:32 PM

The strong 6 8 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan on Saturday July 12 caused a minor tsunami in the early hours

Big quake rattles Tokyo; 17 injured

May 05, 2014 - 9:57 AM

UPDATED Tokyo inhabitants wake up to a 6 0 magnitude quake which ends up lightly injuring 17 people

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Apr 03, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Small tsunami waves of about 20 centimeters hit Japan following an earthquake in Chile

MINOR TSUNAMI. Japan is hit by 20-centimeter waves following an 8.2-magnitude quake in Chile

Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Mar 11, 2014 - 7:18 AM

Remembrance ceremonies will be held in towns and cities around the disaster zone and in the capital Tokyo

REMEMBERING. Divers of a Japanese Coast Guard marine rescue unit observe a moment of silence before they search waters in the hope of finding missing persons at Tsukahama in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 10, 2014, a day before the third anniversary of March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

6.1 earthquake hits off Japan's coast: USGS

Apr 21, 2013 - 3:10 PM

Tokyo and its suburban Kanto region were rocked by minor tremors but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage

7.2 quake hits northern Japan, no tsunami risk

Apr 19, 2013 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Japan authorities say there s no risk of tsunami

Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits western Japan

Apr 13, 2013 - 8:34 AM

Two people injured but no risk of tsunami

Earthquake shakes buildings in Tokyo

Feb 25, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Tall buildings swayed for upwards of half a minute after the quake the meteorological agency said was centered inland and had a magnitude of 6 2

Japan says monster quake could kill 320,000

Aug 29, 2012 - 7:08 PM

Japan s government unveils a worst case scenario that warned of a monster earthquake

Philippines thanks Japan for funding disaster-related projects

Mar 11, 2012 - 4:17 PM

At the commemoration ceremony of the disasters that hit Japan a year ago a top Malacanang official underscored the bilateral relationship between the two countries especially in the areas of disaster prevention and response capabilities

Palace: We can't handle quake alone

Mar 10, 2012 - 8:58 PM

Malacañang stresses LGU responsibility in responding to a disaster like the Great East Japan Earthquake whose anniversary is on Sunday

IN FLAMES. Houses in Natori, Japan are in flames after being hit by a tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, Northern Japan. AFP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun

UN: Japan quake taught us to prepare

Mar 10, 2012 - 1:58 PM

The first anniversary of the magnitude 9 0 earthquake in Japan provides insights for similarly disaster prone Philippines

DESTRUCTION. Debris is scattered over a large area of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. AFP Photo/Noboru Hashimoto