Weather & Natural Disasters Earthquakes

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- The biggest coal power station on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, hit by a devastating earthquake last week, will take weeks longer than thought to restart, a government minister said on Tuesday. Clean-up operations continued after the magnitude 6.7 quake on Thursday, which left 44 people dead, knocked out power and damaged the only oil...

  • *Govt asks for 20 percent energy saving in Hokkaido. *Toyota working to resume Hokkaido parts plant during night shift. The pre-dawn, 6.7- magnitude quake on Thursday temporarily paralysed the island of Hokkaido, cutting off access by air and train and knocking out power to an island the size of Austria.

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Toyota Motor Corp said it would resume operations at all domestic assembly plants by Thursday as a transmission plant in Hokkaido was poised to restart production following last week's earthquake. The automaker suspended production on Monday at 16 of its 18 domestic plants that manufacture the brand's vehicles as it assessed the supply chain...

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Toyota Motor Corp said it would resume operations at its domestic assembly plants by Thursday as a transmission plant in Hokkaido was poised to restart production following last week's earthquake. A Toyota spokeswoman said partial production would resume on Tuesday at some plants including those near the company's headquarters in Aichi...

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Power had been restored to almost all customers in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido by early Saturday, two days after an earthquake caused an island-wide blackout and killed at least 21 people. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the confirmed death toll was 21, with six people in cardiopulmonary arrest- a term used in Japan to...

  • *Japan quake shows grid vulnerability to natural events. LONDON, Sept 7- Asian spot liquefied natural gas prices edged higher this week as Asian demand ahead of the winter persisted and the region's vulnerability to unpredictable natural events was underscored by the worst power outages in years in Japan due to an earthquake. Spot prices for October delivery...

  • A Halliburton oil well fielder works on a well head at a fracking rig site January 27, 2016 near Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    Earthquakes have increased dramatically in the last decade as a result of human activities and a professor of earth and planetary sciences argues in The Conversation that the timing of these earthquakes are clearly linked to fracking. 

  • *Hokkaido Electric tumbles after powerful quake. *Nikkei reshuffle announcement affects some stocks. TOKYO, Sept 6- Japan's Nikkei fell on Thursday on the back of broad weakness in global equities, while investors awaited damage assessments after a powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, the latest in a series of natural disasters to hit the country this year.

  • TOKYO, Sept 6- A coal-fired power plant supplying half of Japan's northern Hokkaido island was damaged in a powerful earthquake that struck earlier on Thursday, the country's industry ministry said. Hokkaido Electric Power, the plant's operator, said earlier it shut down all its remaining fossil fuelled plants in the immediate aftermath of the quake, leaving...

  • TOKYO, Sept 5- Japan has acknowledged for the first time that a worker at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami more than seven years ago, died from radiation exposure. The Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry ruled on Friday that compensation should be paid to the family of the man in his 50 s who died from lung cancer, an official...

  • USGS: Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits offshore Oregon

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports a 6.3 magnitude earthquake has hit off the shoreline of Oregon.

  • Islands of Fiji

    A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it did not cause any damage, authorities in Fiji said.

  • A view of damage houses at Gumantar village after an earlier earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 hit Lombok in Indonesia on August 08, 2018.

    A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to the country's meteorology and geophysics agency.

  • SEMBALUN, Indonesia- A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday killing 14 people and sending villagers fleeing from their beds into open fields to avoid collapsing buildings. NABI SALEH, West Bank- A Palestinian teenager released from prison by Israel on Sunday after completing a sentence for...

  • ISTANBUL- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will stand its ground after U.S. SEMBALUN, Indonesia- A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist destination of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday, killing 10 people and damaging many buildings, authorities said. Woman, her two great-grandchildren found dead in California fire.

  • *Australian company is focused on Papua New Guinea. July 17- Australia's Oil Search Ltd reported an 18 percent fall in first half revenue on Tuesday, hit by lower output at a key liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea after a major earthquake in the region in February. Oil Search's managing director, Peter Botten, said in a statement the company was in...

  • SYDNEY, June 29- Mining has resumed and power has been restored at the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea's remote highlands run by Barrick Gold Co, four months after an earthquake disrupted production, the mine's operator said. "The mine has resumed full operations and power has been restored," Barrick Ltd, which operates the mine on behalf of co-owners Barrick...

  • TOKYO, June 18- Japan's Osaka Gas Co said it would take eight to 12 days to resume piped gas supplies to more than 110,000 customers in the Osaka region following a halt after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook the nation's second-biggest metropolis. Osaka Gas said in a statement that it would try to resume normal supplies to the affected customers between June 26...

  • Water flows out from cracks in a road damaged by an earthquake in Osaka prefecture, Japan on June 18, 2018.

    The epicentre of the earthquake was just north of Osaka city, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.

  • TOKYO, June 18- Japanese stocks fell on Monday morning as an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China stoked concerns about the impact on global demand, triggering a sell-off in stocks such as makers of construction equipment. Also denting sentiment was a magnitude-6.1 earthquake in Osaka in western Japan on Monday, hitting the shares of...