TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone...
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Six months after Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that sucked neighborhoods into the earth and killed thousands, a second crisis is...
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited the Fukushima nuclear plant, which sank into meltdowns after a tsunami eight years ago, in an effort to highlight revival and...
Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Hawaii; no risk of tsunami
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's geophysics agency said it has ended a tsunami warning that was triggered by a strong earthquake Friday east of Sulawesi island.
Japan Olympic minister resigns over disaster gaffe
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Olympic minister resigned Wednesday after making remarks deemed offensive to the people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a gaffe that had questioned his...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan partially lifted an evacuation order in one of the two hometowns of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday for the first time since the 2011...
Strong quake hits Alaska’s remote Aleutians
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck a remote section of Alaska's western Aleutian Islands, but seismologists say it didn't generate a tsunami.
Strong quake hits Japan’s northernmost main island Hokkaido
TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook a wide area of Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Thursday evening, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.
Big Island resort damaged by tsunami plans 2022 reopening
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island resort known for its Polynesian-style, thatched-roof bungalows plans to reopen in 2022 after it closed because of tsunami damage.
Real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson has brought on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to manage Kona Village.
Rosewood announced Wednesday that the renovated property about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Kailua-Kona will have 150 stand-alone guest hales.
Toshiba unveils robot to probe melted Fukushima nuclear fuel
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toshiba Corp. unveiled a remote-controlled robot with tongs on Monday that it hopes will be able to probe the inside of one of the three damaged reactors at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant and grip chunks of highly radioactive melted fuel.
The device is designed to slide down an extendable 11-meter (36-foot) long pipe and touch melted fuel inside the Unit 2 reactor's primary containment vessel. The reactor was built by Toshiba and GE.
Magnitude 6.7 quake hits Chile’s coast; no reports of damage
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook cities and towns on Chile's northern coast late Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damages.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, and it had a depth of 53 kilometers. It struck at 10:32 p.m. local time.
Chile's National Emergency Office preventatively ordered the evacuation of a stretch of coast near the city of Coquimbo but later called it off.
Officials: No tsunami expected from earthquake near Alaska
ADAK, Alaska (AP) — Officials say a large earthquake has struck in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, but a tsunami is not expected.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning System says the 6.0-magnitude quake struck just before 10 a.m. Saturday about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of the town of Adak on Adak Island. Several hundred people live in the town.
Large earthquakes can cause tsunamis that can travel hundreds of miles.
Strong quake off Philippines prompts panic, tsunami warning
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful undersea earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday, prompting people to scramble out of shopping malls and buildings and authorities to warn villagers to stay away from beaches in case of a tsunami.
No casualties or damage were reported hours after the quake struck before noon, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted its warning for a potential tsunami that it had said could hit coastal areas of the southern Philippines and Indonesia.
Anak Krakatau volcano now a quarter of its pre-eruption size
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Scientists say Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island, which erupted and collapsed a week ago triggering a deadly tsunami, is now only about a quarter of its pre-eruption size.
Weather hampers efforts to inspect Indonesia tsunami volcano
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Bad weather and a massive ash column hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said Friday the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January.
Indonesia raises alert, widens danger zone around volcano
CARITA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia raised the danger level for an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone.
Satellite images show collapse of Indonesian island volcano
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Indonesia's Anak Krakatau island volcano is dramatically smaller following a weekend eruption that triggered a deadly tsunami.
Satellite photos aren't available because of cloud cover but radar images from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite taken before and after the eruption show the volcano's southwestern flank has disappeared.
Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami
CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami.
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The Latest: Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless
SUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the tsunami that hit parts of Indonesia (all times local):
The death toll from the tsunami that hit Indonesian islands without warning Saturday night has passed 420 with more than 1,400 people injured.
Thousands of people were left homeless when the waves smashed homes on coastal areas of western Java and southern Sumatra.
Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had climbed to 429 on Tuesday and at least 128 were missing.
Indonesia tsunami survivors remain jittery as deaths hit 429
SUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — Panicked residents, police and soldiers in this remote fishing village clobbered by a devastating weekend tsunami ran to higher ground Tuesday, shouting "Water is coming! Water is coming!" and reciting verses from the Quran as emergency messages were broadcast over mosque speakers.
Indonesia tsunami death toll tops 400
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Stealth Indonesia tsunami turns perfect night into nightmare
TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — As the white strobe lights flashed hypnotically, the band's lead singer screamed into the crowd: "We are! We are Seventeen! Seventeen!" He then let loose with a long note as the guitarist wailed behind him.
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A look at major tsunamis in Indonesia
A look at major tsunamis in Indonesia in recent years:
September 2018: In the eastern Indonesian city of Palu, on the Palu-Koro Fault, a 7.5 quake and the resulting tsunami kills nearly 2,000 with thousands more missing.
October 2010: A 10-foot (three-meter) wave strikes the Mentawai Islands, off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, just minutes after a massive offshore earthquake. More than 400 people are killed and hundreds of homes are destroyed.
Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster
TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured Monday in the aftermath of a tsunami that was apparently triggered by a volcanic eruption. The death toll climbed to 373 and was certain to rise.
Indonesia tsunami leaves beach towns devestated
The Latest: Indonesia tsunami death toll climbs to 373
TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit along Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local):
Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the weekend tsunami has climbed to 373.
Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Monday that 128 others were missing in the disaster, with 1,459 injured.
The waves washed ashore along western Java and southern Sumatra islands Saturday night following a volcanic eruption.
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Race to find survivors after Indonesia tsunami
The tsunami that hit the coasts of Indonesian islands along the Sunda Strait was not big but it was destructive. The waves smashed onto beaches in the darkness Saturday night without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping terrified concertgoers into the sea.
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Tsunami hits without warning in Indonesia, killing over 220
CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning.
At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia's Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands.
The Latest: Death toll climbs to 222 in Indonesia tsunami
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local):
Pope Francis has prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in the tsunami that struck Indonesia.
Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that his thoughts were with Indonesia's people, "struck by violent natural calamities," and said he was spiritually close to those left homeless or otherwise suffering.
AP PHOTOS: Editors’ picks for 2018 from Asia
The historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the riveting drama that unfolded in a cave in northern Thailand and a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia were just some of the memorable stories from Asia in 2018.
Oregon gets a new playbook for responding to an earthquake
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has a new playbook for preparing and responding to a major earthquake that dictates what should be tackled over time versus a list of tasks to get done.
The playbook provides a two-week blueprint for the state's response and expectations for prioritizing Oregon's recovery from what would be the deadliest natural disaster in the U.S.
Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.
The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near the French territory of New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging. It was felt as far away as Vanuatu, about 630 kilometers (390 miles) away
Back-to-back earthquakes shatter roads and windows in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city.
No tsunami arrived and there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.
Witnesses recall powerful shaking of Alaska quake
IOC’s Bach and Abe make brief visit to Fukushima region
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors.
The Fukushima region will hold baseball and softball games during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
IAEA urges quick plan on Fukushima radioactive water cleanup
TOKYO (AP) — Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency urged the operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Tuesday to urgently decide on a plan to dispose of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored in tanks on the compound.
A 13-member IAEA team told reporters in Tokyo after a weeklong review that managing nearly 1 million tons of radioactive water is critical to the plant's safe and sustainable decommissioning.