A strong earthquake with a seismic intensity of lower 6 on the Japanese scale hit Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, leaving five people dead and many homes without water or gas. A concrete wall collapsed and killed a 9-year-old girl on her way to elementary school.
An accomplished Japanese climber, who lost nine fingers to frostbite in a previous expedition, died on Monday during his eighth attempt to scale Mount Everest. The 35-year-old alpinist was found dead in a tent by Sherpas, a Nepalese government official said.
A volcano in eastern Japan suddenly erupted on Tuesday morning. Falling rocks killed a Self-Defense Force member and injured at least 11 others at a nearby ski resort.
Tokyo and its surrounding areas braced for heavy snow on Monday morning, prompting Japan’s national broadcaster to urge the citizens to go home early. Some train operators cancelled express trains.
Japan marked on Wednesday the 23rd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people in the western port city of Kobe and the surrounding areas.
A prototype quantum computer developed by Japanese researchers will be freely available over the internet starting from November 27th. The machine can calculate 100 times faster than a conventional supercomputer.
A Japanese national research institute said on Monday that a geological period from 126,000 to 770,000 years ago will soon be called “Chibanian.” The name is based on a stratum discovered in Chiba Prefecture.
Many Americans may have looked directly at the sun during the total solar eclipse without safety glasses on Monday. Searches for the phrase “my eyes hurt” peaked on Google right after the event.
A slow-moving typhoon accompanied by heavy rains and strong winds hit southern Japanese islands on the weekend, where about 9000 people were ordered to evacuate and at least two people were killed. Over 100 flights for Sunday were cancelled in the region.
A giant panda gave birth to a cub at Ueno Zoo on Monday for the first time in five years, raising hopes of a tourism boost in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The economic impact of the baby panda is estimated at a staggering 26.7 billion yen.