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Japan Passes Second of Three Quake Recovery Budgets

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s parliament approved a $25 billion extra budget Monday to help pay for disaster relief and rebuilding after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The budget is seen as a stop-gap measure between an initial $51 billion package passed in May and a third extra budget estimated to be around $127 billion. It was […]

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Strong Earthquake Jolts Northeastern Japan

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has jolted northeastern Japan in the same region that was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the earthquake hit Fukushima prefecture early Monday. It says the epicenter was at a depth of about 35 kilometers in the Pacific Ocean near the coast of […]

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Off Alaskan Coast

Posted July 16th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of the northwestern U.S. state of Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.1 magnitude quake Saturday was centered near the Aleutian Islands in the Pacific Ocean, some 970 kilometers southwest of the city of Anchorage. The quake was measured at a depth of 48 kilometers. There […]

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Japanese Mourn Disaster Victims Four Months After Tsunami

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Friends and relatives mourned victims of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami on Monday, four months after the twin disasters that devastated the nation’s northeastern coast. The latest figures from the National Police Agency show about 15,500 people are now confirmed dead in the disasters while more than 5,300 others still are missing. Officials are […]

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Small Tsunami Reaches Japan, No Damage Reported

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a small tsunami reached the Pacific coast of northern Japan Sunday after a strong earthquake hit the region that was heavily damaged by a huge quake and tsunami in March. The agency said the port town of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture saw a 10-centimeter tsunami before a warning was lifted. The […]

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Quake Jolts Northeast Japan, 50cm Tsunami Warning Issued

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7 has hit off Japan’s northeast coast, prompting a warning of a possible small tsunami. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued an alert for a tsunami of 50 centimeters for a region that includes Fukushima, which was heavily damaged by a March earthquake and tsunami. The agency said the […]

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Japanese Reconstruction Minister Quits Under Pressure

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s newly named reconstruction minister resigned Tuesday over remarks that offended survivors of the country’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Ryu Matsumoto stepped down after meeting with embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan, only a week after Matsumoto was appointed to the post. It was the latest in a string of embarrassments for Mr. Kan, who […]

Moderate Earthquake Hits Northwest China

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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A 5.3 magnitude earthquake jolted China’s Nangqian County in northwest Yushu prefecture Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Center says the epicenter of the quake was 118 kilometers west of the town of Gyegu at a depth of 25 kilometers. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties or damage in the area, largely […]

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New Zealand Offers to Buy Homes in Quake-Damaged City

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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The New Zealand government says it will offer to buy 5,000 homes in Christchurch that were severely damaged by a series of powerful earthquakes. Prime Minister John Key told reporters Thursday the homes cannot be rebuilt because they sit on land that is too unstable. He says it will cost up to $500 million to […]

Two Strong Quakes Off Northeastern Japan

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Two strong back-to-back earthquakes struck early Thursday off the northeastern coast of Japan, prompting a short tsunami warning. A 6.8 quake was centered about 136 kilometers southeast of Hachinohe. It was immediately followed by a 6.7 magnitude quake. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Officials issued a tsunami warning, but canceled it […]

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