Tokyo, Aug 4, 2019 (AFP) - A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific off Fukushima, northeastern Japan, on Sunday, but there was no tsunami threat, US and Japanese authorities said. The quake jolted large areas in the region at 7:23 pm (1023 GMT) with its epicentre located 54 kilometres (34 miles) east of Namie, eastern Fukushima, according to the US Geological Survey said.
The quake was also felt in Tokyo. The Japan Meteorological Agency said there were no worries about tsunami damage. The weather agency issued an emergency warning when the quake hit, but there was no immediate report of injuries or damage. Shinkansen bullet train services were temporarily suspended in the region, public broadcaster NHK said.
No abnormality was detected at nuclear plants in the region, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, NHK said. More than 18,000 were killed after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a massive tsunami on March 11, 2011, leading to the meltdown of reactors at the Fukushima plant. Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2019 04:13:18 +0200
Tokyo, July 4, 2019 (AFP) - Fears of landslides and flooding put southern Japan on high alert Thursday as heavy rains continued to lash the region, prompting authorities to order more than one million people to evacuate. Despite the orders, just 3,000 people were in shelters in the Kagoshima region on Thursday morning, an official tally showed. The rains come a year after torrential downpours in western Japan that killed over 200 people in flooding and landslides.
One woman has so far been killed in the rains that began at the weekend, after her house was buried in a landslide. Several injuries have been reported along with small landslides that have buried cars. More than one million people in Kagoshima remained under evacuation order on Thursday morning, with additional orders being issued along with lower-level evacuation advisories. Television footage showed cars swept away by floods and rivers breaking their banks in Kagoshima.
At an evacuation centre in the region, elderly residents sat on the floor eating, with their bedding and other belongings spread out around them. The evacuation order is issued when a natural disaster is highly likely to occur and municipalities repeatedly urge residents to leave their homes, although the instruction is frequently ignored. It is the most serious warning issued before a disaster actually occurs. The scale's highest level is activated once a disaster is declared and orders people to take measures to protect their lives. The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned that life-threatening landslides are possible.
Heavy rain was moving northwest Thursday and forecast to bring downpours to central and eastern Japan in coming days. Kagoshima Governor Satoshi Mitazono said in a message Wednesday to residents that the situation was "extremely dangerous". "A major disaster could happen anywhere, any time," he said, adding that he had requested help from the military.
Japanese authorities are urging people to take shelter early after disastrous heavy rains last summer in the west of the country that killed more than 200 people. Many of the deaths were blamed on the fact that evacuation orders were issued too late and some people failed to heed them. Entire neighbourhoods were buried beneath landslides or submerged in flood waters during the disasters.
Anyone who travelled through Terminal 2 at Narita International Airport in Tokyo on 22, 24, and 26 Apr 2019 and is not vaccinated against measles should get to their primary care provider or local immunization clinic, according to a Facebook post by US Forces Japan.
An airport employee may have exposed travellers to the disease on those days, the message said. American Forces Network Pacific is running a similar public service announcement.
"Active-duty troops are supposed to be inoculated; we're at 99.9 percent in Japan," he said. "Dependents should be inoculated, but they're not held to the active-duty standard. " [Byline: Christian Lopez]
[See ProMED-mail Measles update (31) http://promedmail.org/post/20190505.6455679 for more information on the airport employees who were infected with measles. Airports and airplanes have become a common source of risk for unvaccinated travellers passing through. - ProMED Mod.LK]
Two workers at Narita airport are confirmed to have been infected with measles, the local government said Tue [30 Apr 2019], warning about the risk of possible exposure to the highly contagious virus at one of the busiest airports in Japan.
The local government of Chiba Prefecture, where the airport is located, said a male worker in his 30s fell ill with a fever of 39 C [102 F] on Tue 30 Apr 2019 last week.
Another worker, a teenage woman, became sick on 20 Apr 2019 but did not go into work and is not believed to have spread the virus.
Japan was declared measles-free by the World Health Organization in 2015, but over 200 cases of infection have been reported this year  after an outbreak of the disease in Okinawa Prefecture and some other regions last year .
Medical experts say infections increased in line with a surge in foreign tourists.
Narita International Airport employs about 43 000 people and services approximately 118,000 customers daily. The airport had been experiencing a rush of travellers flying overseas ahead of the 10-day Golden Week holiday.
Date: Tue 26 Feb 2019
Source: NHK News Web [Google translated, abridged, edited]
The number of measles patients has increased, and in Osaka prefecture, the number of new patients reported in one week was 24 people; the number of measles patients across the country reached 222 people. It has already reached more than 70% of the number of patients in the last year.
According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, there are 48 measles patients reported from medical institutions nationwide in the week to 17 Feb 2019, of which 24 are in Osaka prefectures and half from the metropolitan. By prefecture: 77 people in Osaka prefecture, 49 people in Mie prefecture, 20 people in Aichi prefecture, 14 people in Tokyo, 9 people in Kyoto prefecture, etc.