Record-shattering heavy snow hits parts of Japan

Record-shattering heavy snow hits parts of Japan

Heavy snow has been falling over Japan over the weekend, with some areas receiving record-breaking amounts. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the snow was brought by a wintry pressure pattern combined with cold air mass. All-time 24-hour snowfall records…

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Shikoku, Japan

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Shikoku, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.4 hit Shikoku, Japan at 16:08 UTC on January 21, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). EMSC and USGS are reporting M6.3 at a depth of 41.8 km (26 miles). The epicenter was located…

Record snowfall hits western Japan, disrupting traffic and stranding vehicles

Record snowfall hits western Japan, disrupting traffic and stranding vehicles

Strong winter pressure pattern continues bringing strong winds and dropping heavy snowfall along the coast of the Sea of Japan for the 7th day in a row, disrupting traffic and stranding many vehicles. At least 10 people were injured over the past weekend due to…

Strong M6.0 earthquake hits Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Strong M6.0 earthquake hits Ryukyu Islands, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.0 hit the Ryukyu Islands, Japan at 02:05 UTC on December 9, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The USGS is reporting it as M6.0 at a depth of 17 km (10 miles); EMSC M5.9 at a depth…

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Izu Islands, Japan

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Izu Islands, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.6 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 12:40 UTC (21:40 JST) on November 29, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 6.1 km (3.8 miles); EMSC M6.4 at…

Record sea-effect snow in northern Japan

Record sea-effect snow in northern Japan

A potent storm system is moving over the Sea of Japan bringing heavy sea-effect snow to parts of Japan, and in some areas breaking all-time 24-hour snowfall records. Shumarinai recorded 77 cm (30 inches) of snow over the past 24 hours, setting its new all-time…

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits southeast of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits southeast of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.6 hit southeast of Ryukyu Islands, Japan at 15:45 UTC on November 10, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting the same magnitude and depth; EMSC M6.6 at a depth of…

Powerful phreatic explosion at Mount Asosan, Alert Level raised, Japan

Powerful phreatic explosion at Mount Asosan, Alert Level raised, Japan

A powerful phreatic explosion took place at Asosan's Nakadake crater at 02:43 UTC (14:43 JST) on October 20, 2021, prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to raise the Alert Level from 2 to 3 at 02:48 UTC. The eruption came one week after volcanic…