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A series of earthquakes devastated parts of southern Japan Thursday and Saturday killing at least 41 and injuring thousands of others. As the area works to rebuild, automakers including Nissan, Toyota and Honda have been forced to shutter or slow down production due to factory damage.
I am OK, but Nepal is not. The part of the country that got hit the hardest is the remote Gorkha district. Many small towns and villages are still not included in any government search and rescue effort. This is one of many stories from the area: One day, six volunteers and two villages.
As an elderly veteran of three wars who is a little hard of hearing we understand why Bob Johnson assumed it was an earthquake to blame for pictures falling off the tables in his house. It was only when someone came to check on the man that Johnson realized one of his neighbors had actually driven a car into his house.
These images, snapped inside the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant nine months after the earthquake, are as close as we're likely to get to the end of the world. At least until December next year. Destroyed vehicles litter the landscape, proving obstacles for the few remaining holdouts and…
Today's 5.9 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout the Mid-Atlantic, but its epicenter—a small town in Virginia—took the brunt of its wrath. What if it had started in NYC instead? We may find out sooner than you think.
So, I just experienced my first earthquake. According to maps I'm like 50 miles away from the epicenter. As a Texan, I had no concept of how to react to this. I desperately grasped for a firearm so I could shoot at the earthquake and then, finding none, fled into the streets. Not my proudest moment.
Among those trapped by Japan's tsunami were 48 elementary-school students on board a marine research vessel off Japan's northeast coast. The boat survived the quake safely, but lost its navigation equipment, and the children have to be rescued by helicopter.
From his office at AFG Moto in Tokyo where he designs custom motorcycles and safety gear, vice president and chief operating officer Jason Fullington experienced the worst earthquake to hit Japan in 1,000 years. - Ed.
We've heard from Toyota, regarding its company-wide emergency task force set up to deal with the earthquake. No injuries reported so far, but some employees have been evacuated.
Honda released this statement earlier today, confirming one fatality and thirty people injured among the company's employees in Japan.
At the port of Kesennuma in northern Japan, cars and other debris were swept away by ferocious, 20+ foot tsunami tidal waves. Hundreds have been killed. Police say 200 to 300 bodies were found in coastal Sendai. (Photo: AP)
Here's video from the BBC showing — at about 30 seconds in — the moment the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan early this morning.
After the 8.9 earthquake hit Japan early this morning, and a tsunami washed into parts of the northeast region of Japan, helicopters captured this amazing footage of a whirlpool offshore. LIsten to the BBC's Humphrey Hawksley explain why.
Watch as an amazing four-meter-high wave of water washes over the airport in Japan's Miyagi prefecture. The water was part of the deadly tsunami that hit Japan after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck the island nation hours ago.
A New Zealand couple in the midst of last week's earthquake that killed 127 people managed to find their 2004 Lexus RX300 under the rubble of a department store and drive it home — 370 miles.
In 2008, China was devastated by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake causing an estimated 87,000 casualties. One trillion yuan (about $146 billion) was given for rebuilding, but some claim the money was used for luxury goods.