• In post-Fukushima policy test, Japan … Mari Saito - Reuters - Sun, 13 Apr, 2014

    By Mari Saito SATSUMASENDAI, Japan (Reuters) - On the main road leading from the Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan, a construction crew is laying down asphalt to … More »In post-Fukushima policy test, Japan …

    By Mari Saito SATSUMASENDAI, Japan (Reuters) - On the main road leading from the Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan, a construction crew is laying down asphalt to widen the evacuation route in the event of a future disaster. It means they are edging closer to re-starting two nuclear reactors that have been an economic …

  • Another Japan nuclear operator turns … Taiga Uranaka and James Topham - Reuters - Wed, 2 Apr, 2014

    By Taiga Uranaka and James Topham TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyushu Electric Power Co has become Japan's second nuclear generator to seek state support this week as reactors … More »Another Japan nuclear operator turns …

    By Taiga Uranaka and James Topham TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyushu Electric Power Co has become Japan's second nuclear generator to seek state support this week as reactors across the country remain idled and industry losses stack up three years after the Fukushima disaster. Kyushu Electric, a regional monopoly that supplies …

  • A woman, who evacuated from the Miyakoji area of Tamura three years ago, dusts off her house after she returned to her home in Tamura, Fukushima prefecture
    Japanese families torn as return to … Mari Saito - Reuters - Tue, 1 Apr, 2014

    By Mari Saito TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) - People in Japan on Tuesday began their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, … More »Japanese families torn as return to …

    A woman, who evacuated from the Miyakoji area of Tamura three years ago, dusts off her house after she returned to her home in Tamura, Fukushima prefecture

    By Mari Saito TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) - People in Japan on Tuesday began their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as worries about radiation and poor job prospects have kept many away. The reopening of the Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 220 …

  • A view of empty streets in a neighbourhood in Tamura, Fukushima prefecture, March 19, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Chan/Files
    Japan allows people to return to Fukushima … Mari Saito - Reuters - Mon, 31 Mar, 2014

    By Mari Saito TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) - For the first time since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 … More »Japan allows people to return to Fukushima …

    A view of empty streets in a neighbourhood in Tamura, Fukushima prefecture, March 19, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Chan/Files

    By Mari Saito TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) - For the first time since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 miles) from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear …

  • At Cold War missile factory, elite rescuers … John Shiffman - Reuters - Wed, 26 Mar, 2014

    By John Shiffman PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 miles south of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling … More »At Cold War missile factory, elite rescuers …

    By John Shiffman PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 miles south of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma …

  • B.C.'s auditor general warns province … The Canadian Press - The Canadian Press - Tue, 25 Mar, 2014

    VICTORIA - British Columbia's auditor general has for the second time in 17 years criticized the provincial government for not being prepared for a catastrophic earthquake … More »B.C.'s auditor general warns province …

    VICTORIA - British Columbia's auditor general has for the second time in 17 years criticized the provincial government for not being prepared for a catastrophic earthquake that could claim lives and cost billions of dollars in damage. The majority of residents in Canada's Pacific province may reside in an earthquake hazard …

  • Cyclists will play vital role in disaster … CBC - Tue, 25 Mar, 2014

    First responders in New Westminster, B.C., are holding a disaster response demonstration event to show how cyclists can help after an earthquake. More »Cyclists will play vital role in disaster …

    First responders in New Westminster, B.C., are holding a disaster response demonstration event to show how cyclists can help after an earthquake.

  • Fukushima fishermen approve plan to … Mari Saito - Reuters - Tue, 25 Mar, 2014

    By Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) - Fishermen working near Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant agreed on Tuesday to allow the release of uncontaminated groundwater … More »Fukushima fishermen approve plan to …

    By Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) - Fishermen working near Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant agreed on Tuesday to allow the release of uncontaminated groundwater around the facility into the ocean, a fisheries union official said, a rare victory for the operator. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operator of the …

  • Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes off … Reuters - Thu, 13 Mar, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday. … More »Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes off …

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday. It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.4, struck at 2:06 a.m. on Friday (1706 GMT on Thursday). It was 53.4 miles deep and was centered 31 …

  • Students observe a moment of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami during an earthquake simulation exercise at an elementary school in Tokyo
    Japan marks 3rd anniversary of tsunami … Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press - The Canadian Press - Tue, 11 Mar, 2014

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly … More »Japan marks 3rd anniversary of tsunami …

    Students observe a moment of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami during an earthquake simulation exercise at an elementary school in Tokyo

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead, destroyed coastal communities and triggered a nuclear crisis.

  • In this June 14, 2013 photo, remote-controlled and unmanned heavy equipments work on the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide that eventually need to be retired, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
    Nuclear officials see future business … Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press - The Canadian Press - Sat, 8 Mar, 2014

    TOKYO - There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop … More »Nuclear officials see future business …

    In this June 14, 2013 photo, remote-controlled and unmanned heavy equipments work on the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide that eventually need to be retired, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    TOKYO - There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technology and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will one day need. Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide …

  • Japanese film "Homeland" tiptoes … Ruairidh Villar and Elaine Lies - Reuters - Tue, 4 Mar, 2014

    By Ruairidh Villar and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese farming family is forced from their home by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, living in cramped temporary … More »Japanese film "Homeland" tiptoes …

    By Ruairidh Villar and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese farming family is forced from their home by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, living in cramped temporary housing under stress as they wait for permission to return to land worked by their ancestors for generations. That is the all-too-real backdrop of "Homeland", …

  • US Geological Service: Magnitude 6.7 … The Associated Press - The Canadian Press - Sun, 2 Mar, 2014

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - The U.S. Geological Service says a magnitude 6.7 earthquake has struck in the East China Sea north of the Japanese island of Okinawa. More »US Geological Service: Magnitude 6.7 …

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - The U.S. Geological Service says a magnitude 6.7 earthquake has struck in the East China Sea north of the Japanese island of Okinawa.

  • Japan's former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe checks his earphone as he prepares for an interview at his office in Tokyo
    Games-time disaster prevention is top … Karolos Grohmann - Reuters - Mon, 24 Feb, 2014

    By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe's worst nightmare is a catastrophe hitting the city during the 2020 Summer Games and disaster … More »Games-time disaster prevention is top …

    Japan's former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe checks his earphone as he prepares for an interview at his office in Tokyo

    By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe's worst nightmare is a catastrophe hitting the city during the 2020 Summer Games and disaster prevention and mitigation tops his Olympic to-do list. Speaking to Reuters a day after the end of the Sochi Winter Games, Masuzoe, elected this month, …

  • TEPCO employee stands next to an impervious wall installed along the coast in Fukushima
    Japan to include nuclear power in mid-term … Reuters - Thu, 20 Feb, 2014

    Japan will incorporate nuclear power in its mid-term energy policy, citing it as an "important base load" energy source, and aims to approve the plan at a cabinet meeting … More »Japan to include nuclear power in mid-term …

    TEPCO employee stands next to an impervious wall installed along the coast in Fukushima

    Japan will incorporate nuclear power in its mid-term energy policy, citing it as an "important base load" energy source, and aims to approve the plan at a cabinet meeting in March, a source close to the matter told Reuters. The Japanese public remains divided over nuclear power nearly three years after a devastating earthquake …

  • Hanyu shows he's the ultimate s … Pritha Sarkar and Elaine Lies - Reuters - Fri, 14 Feb, 2014

    By Pritha Sarkar and Elaine Lies SOCHI, Russia/TOKYO (Reuters) - A journey that almost ended three years ago when Yuzuru Hanyu watched in horror as the ice cracked beneath … More »Hanyu shows he's the ultimate s …

    By Pritha Sarkar and Elaine Lies SOCHI, Russia/TOKYO (Reuters) - A journey that almost ended three years ago when Yuzuru Hanyu watched in horror as the ice cracked beneath his blades and the ground shook violently, culminated in glorious triumph 8,000 kilometers away at the Sochi Olympics on Friday. That magnitude 9.0 …

  • A History of Religious Hoaxes
    Shroud of Turin: Could Ancient Earthquake … by Megan Gannon, News Editor - LiveScience.com - Tue, 11 Feb, 2014

    The authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been in question for centuries and scientific investigations over the last few decades have only seemed to muddle the debate. … More »Shroud of Turin: Could Ancient Earthquake …

    A History of Religious Hoaxes

    The authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been in question for centuries and scientific investigations over the last few decades have only seemed to muddle the debate. Now, a study claims neutron emissions from an ancient earthquake that rocked Jerusalem could have created the iconic image, as well as messed up the radiocarbon …

  • Earth's Conveyor Belts Trap Oceans of Water
    Earth's Conveyor Belts Trap Oceans … By Becky Oskin, Staff Writer - LiveScience.com - Tue, 28 Jan, 2014

    At subduction zones, where one plate bends deep beneath another, the sinking plate acts like a conveyor belt, carrying more than an ocean's worth of water into the mantle … More »Earth's Conveyor Belts Trap Oceans …

    Earth's Conveyor Belts Trap Oceans of Water

    At subduction zones, where one plate bends deep beneath another, the sinking plate acts like a conveyor belt, carrying more than an ocean's worth of water into the mantle — the layer beneath Earth's outer crust — over billions of years, researchers report in the Jan. 10 issue of the journal Geology. Though the lifetime …