Articles by Yuka Obayashi and Elaine Lies

7.4 Earthquake off Coast of Fukushima Jolts Japan; Tsunami Alert Lifted

A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The magnitude 7.4 …

At least 8 Killed as Typhoon Wipha Sideswipes Tokyo; Moves on

Eight people were killed and over 30 missing, with nearly 20,000 people ordered to evacuate and hundreds of flights cancelled as Typhoon Wipha pummeled the Tokyo region on Wednesday, leaving piles of wreckage on one small island but largely sparing …

All Eyes on Reactor Vessel as Japanese Nuclear Crisis Worsens

Fears of a nuclear disaster in Japan heightened on Tuesday after radiation levels around its quake-stricken power plant soared following two separate explosions at the complex. Many of the worrying milestones mapped out by experts have now been passed, with …

UPDATE-2 Huge Quake Triggered Tsunami Kills 100’s in Japan; Pacific on Alert

The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan rocked its northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-meter |33 foot] tsunami that killed hundreds of people and swept away everything in its path. Thousands of residents near a nuclear plant in …

Global Crisis Claims Japan Life Insurer, Markets Panic

The global credit crisis claimed its first Japanese financial institution on Friday and the government looked to prop up smaller banks, as Tokyo shares suffered their biggest rout since a 1987 crash. Government ministers played down the risk of contagion …