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Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile, officials said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 20 centimetres (eight inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 6:52 am (2152 GMT Wednesday). Minor tsunamis were also monitored in several other areas of northern Japan, the agency said, adding that higher waves may hit Japan later.

Japan issues tsunami alert after Chile quake

Japan issued a tsunami alert early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake across the Pacific Ocean in Chile but said it was not likely to cause damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a tsunami of up to one metre (three feet) above normal sea levels may hit eastern Pacific coast regions. The first waves are forecast to hit northern Hokkaido at around 5:00 am (2000 GMT Wednesday) and an hour later in Fukushima prefecture, which was devastated by the 2011 tsunami, Kyodo News agency reported.

Gov't plans to reduce victims of possible Nankai Trough quake by 80%

The Japanese government has outlined a 10-year program aimed at reducing by 80 percent the number of victims from a possible major earthquake focusing on the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, officials said Friday. In the worst case scenario, the government estimates the number of victims from such a quake and ensuing tsunami at more than 300,000. The Nankai Trough runs from Suruga Bay off Shizuoka Prefecture on the country's main island of Honshu to the Sea of Hyuga off Miyazaki Prefecture on the southernmost main island of Kyushu.

Gov't plans to reduce victims of possible Nankai Trough quake by 80%

The Japanese government has outlined a 10-year program aimed at reducing by 80 percent the number of victims from a possible major earthquake focusing on the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, officials said Friday. In the worst case scenario, the government estimates the number of victims from such a quake and ensuing tsunami at more than 300,000. The Nankai Trough runs from Suruga Bay off Shizuoka Prefecture on the country's main island of Honshu to the Sea of Hyuga off Miyazaki Prefecture on the southernmost main island of Kyushu.

Fisheries wiped out by Japan's tsunami seek ways to revive struggling industry

TONI, Japan - When the tsunami smashed the seafood processing factory where Shoichi Sato was working, he lost his job but eventually found a new life. Three years later, Sato is among the businessmen helping to bring back the fishing industry, long a mainstay livelihood for coastal towns along Japan's northeastern coast.

Strong 6.3-magnitude quake hits off Japan, injures 17

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Japan early Friday injuring 17 people, reports said as officials warned residents to be alert to the danger of landslides following the tremor. There was no tsunami warning or reports of major damage. Public broadcaster NHK said 17 people were injured. None of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening.

Strong 6.3-magnitude quake hits off southern Japan

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's southern Kyushu island on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported, but no tsunami warning was issued. The epicentre of the quake -- which struck at 2:06 am (1706 GMT Thursday) -- was located 13 kilometres (eight miles) north of the city of Kunisaki-shi, USGS said. The quake hit at a depth of 82 kilometres. There was no tsunami alert issued, Japan's Meteorological Agency said as cited by Kyodo News, nor any immediate news of fatalities or damage.

Post-tsunami deaths outnumber disaster toll in one Japan area

Health complications stemming from Japan's 2011 tsunami have killed more people in one Japanese region than the disaster itself, the local authority said Thursday. Data compiled by officials and police show that almost three years after the huge waves smashed ashore, 1,656 people living in Fukushima prefecture have died from stress and other illnesses related to the disaster, compared with 1,607 who were killed in the initial calamity.

Post-tsunami deaths outnumber disaster toll in one Japan area

Health complications stemming from Japan's 2011 tsunami have killed more people in one Japanese region than the disaster itself, the local authority said Thursday. Data compiled by officials and police show that almost three years after the huge waves smashed ashore, 1,656 people living in Fukushima prefecture have died from stress and other illnesses related to the disaster, compared with 1,607 who were killed in the initial calamity.

Quake shakes northern Philippines

A 5.3 magnitude quake shook the northern Philippines Monday but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Chief government seismologist Renato Solidum said the quake was tectonic in origin with its epicentre off the north coast of the country's main island of Luzon. There was no sign of the quake causing a tsunami but aftershocks were expected, he said. The civil defence office said there were no reports of damage or panic.
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