disasters

Tokyo police’s lifesaving makeshift water faucet also great as a home beer dispenser

Seiji finds yet another use for the Tokyo police’s simple survival tip.

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Tokyo Police shows a clever way to conserve water in a disaster and impress children with magic

This makeshift faucet made with just a plastic bottle is simple but can be a lifesaver in times of need.

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Astronaut’s assessment of Super Typhoon Trami isn’t filling us with confidence

You know you’re in for a rough time when a storm freaks out someone who has literally seen all of the earth. 

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Strong earthquake hits Hokkaido in Japan, dozens missing and injured

Japan’s northern island suffers extensive damage to infrastructure after massive earthquake this morning.

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Explosions, toppled trucks, massive sea waves all part of Typhoon Jebi’s destructive force【Vids】

”It’s like Godzilla is attacking.”

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Typhoon Jebi hits too close to home, wreaks havoc on my Osaka neighborhood【Videos】

Until Jebi pounded into Osaka, I realized I’d never really experienced a typhoon before.

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How you can help victims of Japan’s massive flood and earthquake by enjoying delicious Kit Kats

This one of the best-tasting Kit Kat flavors out of Japan’s many exclusives, and it’s aiding the recovery of disaster-stricken Osaka and West Japan.

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Flooded disaster-struck region in Japan urges people to use hashtag to tell everyone they’re okay

After dealing with a natural disaster, this part of Japan is now struggling to prevent financial disaster as well.

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Osaka earthquake: Scenes show damage from strongest tremor to hit the region in decades

The shallow epicentre caused strong tremors that killed three and injured dozens of people in the region.

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Tokyo’s iconic 109 department store designated most likely building to collapse in earthquake

Out of 852 examined buildings in the city, researchers say the Shibuya fashion mecca is the least prepared for a major trembler.

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Tokyo disaster tip: How to make a diaper with just two items you have in your home

Disaster preparedness team’s tip could save your nostrils.

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North Korea missile alert manga produced by Japanese government office

The cartoon might look cute and colourful, but the message it conveys is frightening.

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Can you make instant udon noodles with room-temperature water? We find out

We needed to know if the idea is worth the almost non-existent level of effort.

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Tokyo police department’s disaster safety tip: How to make a lantern using a bottle of water

Bright idea could keep you safe if an earthquake or typhoon leaves you without electricity.

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The top 10 most mildly infuriating kitchen disasters, as presented by Japanese Twitter

Don’t cry over spilled milk, but definitely cry over some of these.

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Edo-era illustrated records show the disasters that have plagued Japan throughout its history

Fires, floods, and famine have all been a part of Japan’s historical past.

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Chiba ports become literal sea of garbage following last week’s severe flooding【Pics】

The ports around the Chiba-area city of Choshi were last year honored for the fourth year in a row for having the largest catch of mackerel pike (a very popular fish known as sanma in Japanese) in Japan.

But that’s of little comfort to local fishermen who have this year found their boats stranded in a literal sea of garbage and debris that has been carried into the ports from the Tonegawa River. The heavy flooding of the Kanto region brought about by last week’s relentless rain is believed to be the cause of the sudden influx of waste.

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Japan’s Mt. Aso currently erupting, Kyushu residents capture dramatic photos

Japan’s beautiful mountainous scenery and relaxing hot springs are all thanks to volcanic activity, and even today there are still a handful of active peaks to be found in the country. One of the most famous, Kyushu’s Mt. Aso, is even a popular tourist destination. We don’t recommend visiting today, though, because the 1,592-meter (5,223-foot) volcano is currently erupting, as seen in these photos taken by locals.

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Pufferfish or plane crashes? What causes more deaths in Japan?

Megadeth once said there are “99 ways to die” and while I’d hate to question their methodology in arriving at that conclusion, I’d wager that there are actually many more. Japan is no exception, of course. Despite the nation’s relatively low rate of violent crime there are plenty of natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanoes that can do us in. Giant hornets, cuisine that features plentiful raw meats, and poisonous fish are all parts of daily life in Japan as well.

But statistically speaking, just how dangerous are these things? Let’s find out with a morbidly fun game that we like to call “Which Causes More Deaths?”

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The aftermath of that huge fuel explosion in China looks like a post-apocalyptic video game

If you don’t live in China or an adjacent country where you could presumably still hear the blast, or have been otherwise living under a rock, you may not have heard about the insanely huge explosion that rocked the city of Tianjin on Wednesday and briefly caused the city to look like the set of a conspicuously over-budgeted natural disaster movie.

Unfortunately, this disaster was very real and, tragically, has so far cost at least 50 people their lives, with many more still in critical condition. But, with the threat of further explosions unlikely, news cameras have started picking their way through the wreckage and devastation of the explosion, which occurred at a hazardous chemicals warehouse site, and the fallout looks just like a scene from a post-apocalyptic video game.

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