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Fukushima Quake Was Aftershock From 2011

This time, there was no major tsunami damage

(Newser) - All tsunami warnings and advisories have been lifted in Japan, hours after a powerful offshore earthquake triggered a series of moderate tsunami waves. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of waves of up to 10 feet soon after the 7.4 magnitude earthquake and urged residents on sections of the Pacific... More »

Tsunami Expected After Earthquake Near Fukushima

Residents advised to flee the coast

(Newser) - A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.3 earthquake hit off of Fukushima, Japan, Monday, the AP reports. Per Reuters , residents have been advised to flee the Fukushima coast and a tsunami was expected "within minutes." The story is developing. More »

Powerful Quake Shakes Western Japan

No deaths reported after 6.6-magnitude Honshu quake

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked off loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves, and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but it apparently caused no deaths or widespread damage. At least seven people were injured, one seriously, the AP reports. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the 6.6-magnitude quake occurred... More »

He Learned to Dive to Find His Wife's Body in the Sea

Jennifer Percy on those still searching for the dead, 5 years after the tsunami

(Newser) - Yasuo Takamatsu explained to his instructor why, at 56, he wanted to learn to dive. "I'm trying to find my wife in the sea." Five years after Japan was ravaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami , Jennifer Percy tells an incredible story in the New ... More »

Mystery Foam Strikes Japanese City After Quakes

One tweeter in Fukuoka calls it "disgusting"

(Newser) - A mysterious foam spread through the streets of a Japanese city on Saturday after two earthquakes struck the country , killing dozens of people, Mashable reports. With pedestrians and drivers in Fukuoka moving through the muck, people posted images of it on Twitter ( here and here ). One called it... More »

Death Toll Soars in Japan Quakes

Mudslides threaten to add to misery

(Newser) - Army troops and other rescuers rushed Saturday to save scores of trapped residents after a pair of strong earthquakes in southwestern Japan killed at least 41 people, injured about 1,500, and left hundreds of thousands without electricity or water. Rainfall is forecast to start pounding the area soon, threatening... More »

People Trapped After 2nd Huge Quake Hits Japan

Thursday's quake was technically a foreshock to this one

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region and killed nine people , the AP reports. While it was not immediately clear whether the latest quake increased the death toll, Japanese broadcaster NHK... More »

Deadly Quake Hits Southern Japan

At least 9 dead, hundreds injured in Kyushu

(Newser) - At least nine people have been killed and more than 800 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that toppled houses and buckled roads in southern Japan late Thursday, the AP reports. With daybreak, the extent of the damage became apparent: collapsed buildings, streets warped by manholes pushed higher by the... More »

Japan Prays on 5th Anniversary of Tsunami

Parts of ravaged coast are coming back to life

(Newser) - Japanese gathered in Tokyo and along the country's ravaged northeast coast to observe a moment of silence at 2:46pm Friday, exactly five years after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck offshore and triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people. Some teared up as they held... More »

Tsunami Warning After 7.0 Earthquake Hits Japan

Tsunamis of up to 3 feet could hit

(Newser) - A tsunami advisory was issued for parts of southern Japan on Saturday after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off the coast of the island of Kyushu. The Japan Meteorological Agency said tsunamis of up to 3 feet could hit the coast of Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu and small islands... More »

Japan Earthquake Collapses Homes; At Least 22 Hurt

Disaster strikes area of 1998 Olympics

(Newser) - A strong earthquake has struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials say. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit near Nagano city shortly after 10 pm at a... More »

Japan Quake Rattled Volcano Into 'Critical State'

Pressure has increased under Mount Fuji

(Newser) - As if Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami didn't wreak enough havoc, the country could be facing an additional threat from it: The threat from Mount Fuji, an active volcano, has grown, a study says. The earthquake boosted the pressure under the newly listed World Heritage site, researchers find,... More »

Tokyo Jolted by Its Biggest Quake Since 2011

No major damage; hours later, another quake hits Burma, Thailand

(Newser) - A strong earthquake jolted Tokyo early today, rattling windows and nerves though there were no initial reports of major damage. The national broadcaster NHK, citing local authorities, said 17 people were reported injured, some of them from falls as the quake struck. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake had... More »

Man Learns to Scuba Dive to Search for Wife's Remains

Yasuo Takamatsu's wife was lost in the 2011 Japan tsunami

(Newser) - On a chilly morning last weekend, a 57-year-old Japanese man adjusted his diving mask before heading out to sea from the tsunami-hit northeast coast, but he wasn't doing it for fun: Yasuo Takamatsu is learning to scuba dive in hopes of finding the remains of his wife. As Japan... More »

Bizarre Tsunami Ghost Stories Haunt Japan

But is the country's cult of ancestors behind it all?

(Newser) - An unusual outbreak has struck Japan in the wake of the 2011 tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people—of ghosts, possessions, and exorcisms. Reverend Kaneda, the top priest at a Zen temple, says he personally exorcised several people who had been invaded by the spirits of tsunami victims, writes... More »

Quake Rattles Fukushima Region

No damage reported on land from 7.3 temblor

(Newser) - A strong earthquake rattled Japan in the wee hours and raised alerts at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, but so far, all looks fine. The earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck off Japan's east coast at 2:10am Saturday local time, the US Geological Survey said. Japan's emergency... More »

Fukushima Plant's Cooling System Fails—Again

Second cooling glitch in a month

(Newser) - Japanese nuclear regulators say the cooling system has failed for a storage pool for fuel at one of the reactors at the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in the northeast. There was no immediate danger from the failure, the second at the plant in a month. A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulation... More »

Roam Abandoned Fukushima Town, Courtesy Google

Street View comes to Namie, Japan

(Newser) - If you like occasionally roaming the streets of the world on Google Maps, there's a bleak new destination you should check out: Namie, Japan , a town in Fukushima Prefecture that's been abandoned ever since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Google has just added street view images... More »

Japan Marks 2 Years Since Quake, Tsunami

300K still displaced as recovery continues

(Newser) - Japan fell silent today to mark the second anniversary of the country's worst natural disaster in living memory, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 19,000 people dead or missing and devastated large areas along its northeast coast. "I pray that the peaceful lives of those affected... More »

Alaska Coast Like a 'Landfill' 2 Years After Tsunami

Hawaii, British Columbia not sitting much prettier

(Newser) - We're about a month away from the two-year anniversary of the earthquake that spawned Japan's devastating tsunami . Saying its effects linger far from Japanese shores is an understatement, per some recent reports:
  • In Alaska: "You're basically standing in landfill out here," says the head of
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