Category - Japan


Japan: undersea earthquake SE of Tokyo

A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan some 230km southeast of the country’s capital, Tokyo, at a depth of 10km on Thursday night, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on its website. Japan’s Meteorological Agency reported that the earthquake “has caused no damage to Japan,” while adding that “slight sea-level changes in coastal regions” may be […]


Japan: Third Typhoon to hit Japan in a week

Japan is set to endure further extreme weather this week as Typhoon Lionrock crosses the western Pacific. The US’ National Weather Service and Ocean Prediction Centre posted pictures of the Typhoon, located south of Kyoto on Saturday (27 August). The typhoon, which is close to the islands of Okinawa is moving at a speed of […]


Japan: Kyushu: Mt Sakurajima: volcanic eruption on April 30

April 30, 2016 – A very large blast has occurred in South Japan / Kyushu at Sakurajima volcano. Captured on the University of Tokyo webcams located around the volcano, this blast sent ash multiple kilometers (several miles) into the sky, and caused large pyroclastic flows to descend down the mountainside of the volcano. Approximately 2 […]


Japan: 2 aftershocks hit Kumamoto prefecture

Two aftershocks, one of which measured a magnitude of 5.3 on the USGS scale, have hit Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. It comes just days after two deadly earthquakes hit the region, killing 42 and injuring more than 1,000 others. A tsunami warning has not been issued, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.   The aftershocks measured 3.9 and […]


Japan: Kumamoto region: 7.0 earthquake

The U.S.G.S. is reporting a large earthquake that just hit in Japan. It was first reported as a 7.1, but was quickly downgraded to 7.0. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake was centered: 1.0 km (0.6 mi) WSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan 12.0 km (7.5 mi) NNE of Uto, Japan 13.0 km (8.1 mi) SSE […]


Japan: Update – Earthquake

At least nine people died when an earthquake shook southwestern Japan’s Kyushu island late Thursday, the Kumamoto Prefecture disaster management office said. Search crews scrambled to dig through rubble looking for people trapped under collapsed buildings. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck near Ueki, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Dozens of smaller aftershocks followed. “The ground shook […]