October 21, 2018

Honda to open massive car factory in Mexico

Japanese car maker Honda is planning to build a massive factory in Mexico to manufacture small cars for the North American market. The Mexican plant in Guanajuato State, will cost $800m to build, and will employ around 3,200 workers producing up to 200,000 cars a year. Honda also says it is … [Read more...]

Japan sacks three top nuclear power officials

Three men in charge of nuclear power safety and policy have been sacked with the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit and earthquake hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant showing no signs of abating. Japan's Trade and Industry Minister, Banri Kaieda, said the three senior officials would be held … [Read more...]

7.6 Earthquake in Pacific puts New Zealand on tsunami alert

A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake near the Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean has put New Zealand on tsunami alert. The estimated height of a tsunami from this quake is only around a metre and is due to hit the North Island of New Zealand this morning. New Zealand Civil Defence said it … [Read more...]

Japan’s reconstruction minister quits after one week in job

Japan's new Minister for Reconstruction, Ryu Matsumoto has announced his resignation after just a week in the job following insensitive comments he made to governors' of tsunami affected areas. Matsumoto had been widely criticised for threatening the governors' that the government would not help … [Read more...]

Tsunami alert in Japan after 6.7 magnitude earthquake

Japan issued a tsunami alert after a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck in the northeast of the country, shaking areas hardest hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters. The meteorological agency said the latest jolt hit at 6:51 am, 50 kilometres off the east coast of Miyako, Iwate … [Read more...]

Chile hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the Antofagasta region of northern Chile today, but at this stage there are no reports of damage or injuries. The tremor struck at 12.35pm local time, at a depth of 111km and was located 89km northeast of the city of Calama, a city of 100,000 people, the … [Read more...]

Tropical storm hammers Fukushima nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has suspended outdoor work at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant as a tropical strom hammers the north-east coast of Japan. The storm comes just days after, TEPCO admitted that it was not prepared for bad weather. Heavy rain and strong winds from … [Read more...]

Fukushima nuclear plant worker dies in waste disposal building

The operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked and earthquake damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant says a contract worker in his 60s has died after collapsing at the facility's waste disposal building. Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Naoyuki Matsumoto says the man was carrying equipment at … [Read more...]

Body of California tsunami victim washed up in Oregon

The body of a Northern California man swept out to sea while trying to photograph the Japan tsunami's arrival on the American coast has washed up 500 kilometres away in Oregon. Dustin Douglas Weber, 25, of Klamath, California, was standing with two friends on a sand bar near the mouth of the … [Read more...]

Powerful 7.1 earthquake hits Japan

Japan has been rocked by a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which prompred a tsunami alert and evacuation of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The earthquake was at a depth of 49km and was located off Japan's north-east coast, close to the epicentre of the 11th March earthquake that … [Read more...]

Japan to decommission four nuclear reactors

Japan is to decommission four stricken reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator says. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) made the announcement after trying for three weeks to bring reactors 1 - 4 under control. Locals would be consulted on reactors 5 and 6 which were shut … [Read more...]

New Radiation leak outside Fukushima nuclear power plant

Japanese officials have announced that for the first time highly radioactive water has been found outside one of the reactor buildings at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The leak is in a tunnel linked to the No 2 reactor and raises the level of anxiety in Japan that radioactive liquid is … [Read more...]

Greenpeace monitoring radiation levels in Japan

Nuclear experts working with Greenpeace have started monitoring radiation near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 atomic power plant in Japan. Greenpeace said it believed Japanese authorities may have been underplaying the severity of the disaster at the quake-tsunami damaged plant. "Since the … [Read more...]

Tsunami-stranded porpoise found inland in Japan

Rescuers in Japan have returned a stranded baby porpoise to the sea after it was found splashing in an inland rice paddy where it was washed up earlier this month by the massive tsunami that hit Japan. A passer-by spotted the metre-long finless porpoise Tuesday inland, around 2km from shore, and … [Read more...]

Japan Tsunami-Earthquake death toll and missing keeps rising

Japan's national police say 8,649 people are confirmed dead after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami on March 11 destroyed entire towns. The number of missing is officially 13,262 people, with police admitting that at least half that number will be confirmed dead. There are an … [Read more...]