Restaurant Explosion and Fire in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Injures 42

Images from the scene showed large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air after the blast in the city of Sapporo. The explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan injured 42 people late Sunday (16th Dec), police said,…

Northern Japan Suffers Fatal Earthquake

The death toll from last Thursday’s powerful earthquake on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is at least 16, with 26 people remain missing.  Days after the magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit the Island of Hokkaido rescue workers are still looking…

Nine rescue workers killed in helicopter crash last Friday

All nine people aboard a rescue helicopter which crashed in a mountainous area in central Japan during a training flight have been confirmed dead. The Bell 412 helicopter carrying seven local rescue workers from the Gunma prefecture and two from…

Typhoon Jongdari causes havoc in Japan

With winds of 110mph, Typhoon Jongdari took an unusual westbound trajectory across Honshu, staying north of Shikoku and finally crossing Kyushu. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took the rare step of advising evacuation, particularly for those in western Japan, where flooding killed 224…

Typhoon Lan claims at least two lives as it makes land fall in Japan

Powerful typhoon Lan ripped into central Japan early Monday 23rd Oct, leaving two dead and more than 10 injured. Authorities advised thousands living in coastal areas or near rivers to evacuate to shelters as Typhoon Lan, described as “very large…

Suspicious fire in Japan kills 6 people

Police and firefighters discovered five bodies at an apartment in Hitachi City some 100 km north of Tokyo after the blaze was extinguished in the early hours of Friday, (Oct 6th) A child found in critical condition later died in…

Typhoons hit Asia in an unprecedented path of destruction

While super typhoon Talim starts off the coast of the Philippines and heads towards Taipei, China and Japan, Typhoon Doksuri is heading towards Vietnam.  In the meantime, the Philippines, who thought they had missed this group of Typhoons was hit…

Asia’s flood crisis increases, with floods across many countries in the region

The floods have killed 20 in India and Japan, made 1,000’s homeless in Thailand and China as well as bringing Brisbane to a standstill Heavy rains and floods have killed at least 20 people and forced more than 400,000 to flee…

Japanese volcano threatening disastrous eruption next to nuclear plant

The Sakurajima volcano in Japan, responsible for one of the biggest eruptions in Japans history is set to blow again – this time Sendai Nuclear Power Plant is next door. When the volcano last had a major eruption, nearly 90,000…

Nine people killed in flooded Japanese old people’s home

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nine people were killed when floods inundated an old people’s home in Japan, police said on Wednesday, taking the death toll from a typhoon battering northern parts of the country to at least 11. Police found nine…

Quake resistance homes in spotlight

Of the 48 people who died from the successive quakes in Japan recently, nearly 80 percent of them apparently died because they were trapped under or hit by collapsed houses or buildings, highlighting once again the need for making houses…

Volcanic eruption warning issued for Mt Io in Kyushu, Japan

Japan’s weather agency on Sunday the 28th February issued an alert for the possible eruption of Mt Io a volcano in the southwest of the country, following an increase in noticeable seismic activity and based on recent eruptions. A no-entry warning…

Japanese Sakurajima volcano spectacular eruption

The Sakurajima volcano Sakurajima spectacularly erupted last Friday (5th February, 2016), near Sendai the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, and the largest city in the Tōhoku region. The Sakurajima volcano is also about 50 kilometres from a nuclear plant. The…

Asia gripped by big chill

A big chill is sweeping across North and South Asia and even parts of Southeast Asia. From India to Japan, the mercury is plummeting, in some places to its lowest in decades. Hong Kong has the lowest temperatures in six…

Volcano warning in Japan

Japan has raised a volcano warning level, urging residents near Sakurajima in the south-western region to prepare for evacuation. The active volcano on the island of Kyushu is located about 50km from the Sendai nuclear plant, where the reactor was…

Hiroshima marks atomic bombing, worries about steps towards war

By Hyun Oh and Toru Hanai HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Bells tolled and thousands bowed their heads in prayer in Hiroshima on Thursday at ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing while survivors warned about Japan’s…

Man sets himself alight on Japan bullet train, second passenger dies

TOKYO (Reuters) – Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after one doused himself in oil and set himself ablaze on Tuesday, media reports said. The train, carrying about 1,000 passengers, made an emergency stop on its way…

Japanese Volcano Mount Shindake Erupts

Residents of the Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu have been urged to evacuate to get out of the path of an erupting volcano spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometres into the sky Mount Shindake, located in…

Pacific 7.7 magnitude Earthquake

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 has struck off Papua New Guinea, just before midnight on the 29th March official monitors say, and a tsunami warning has been issued. The quake was at a depth of 65 kilometres,…

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