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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