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Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

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A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years, spewing ash over nearby farms, cities and towns. Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks Thursday on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano. Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture. Street cleaners swept ash from city streets, and farmers used leaf blowers to clear the growing piles of ash from the tops of their plastic greenhouses. The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting Wednesday for the first time in six years. On Thursday, an ash plume rose 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency ...
Japan man confesses starting fire that killed wife, five children

Japan man confesses starting fire that killed wife, five children

World
Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A Japanese man turned himself in to police after setting fire to an apartment where a woman and five children were found dead, according to local press reports.Hirobumi Komatsu, 32, told police in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, he had "set fire" to his house and that his wife and five children were at home at the time, Kyodo News reported.Komatsu was arrested not long after firefighters found six dead people at the site, including four boys, a woman and a girl.Japanese investigators said the girl, who was taken to a hospital before being confirmed dead, had multiple stab wounds on her body.Police said the bodies are believed to be those of the wife of the suspect, his four sons, ranging in age from 3 to 6 years, and his 11-year-old daughter.The fire in Ibaraki Prefecture bega...
North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

World
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, creating new tension in the region after its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago.The missile reached an altitude of about 770km (478 miles), travelling 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido, South Korea's military says.It flew higher and further than one fired over Japan late last month. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country would "never tolerate" such "dangerous provocative action".South Korea responded within minutes by firing two ballistic missiles into the sea in a simulated strike on the North. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also condemned the launch and the UN Security Council will meet later on Friday in New York at the request of America and Japan.Why does this new test matter?The launch took ...
North Korean missile flies over Japan, Pentagon says

North Korean missile flies over Japan, Pentagon says

World
North Korea has fired a missile that flew over Japan, the Pentagon confirmed. "We assess North Korea conducted a missile launch within the last 90 minutes," Col. Rob Manning, the director of press operations at the Department of Defense, said Monday evening in a statement. "We can confirm that the missile launch by North Korea flew over Japan. We are in the process of assessing this launch. "North American Aerospsace Defense Command, or NORAD, determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America. We are working closely with Pacific Command, Strategic Command and NORAD, and we'll provide an update as soon as possible," he added. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly addressed the launch, saying the country will be collecting more information, accordi...
Typhoon Noru takes aim at southern Japan

Typhoon Noru takes aim at southern Japan

World
Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Typhoon Noru is expected to intensify in the western Atlantic Ocean as it nears southern Japan over the weekend, forecasters said Tuesday.The now-Category 2 storm packed 105 mph winds and is moving northeast toward slightly warmer waters. It strengthened to a Category 5 on Sunday, weakened Monday and is expected to gain power again as it gets closer to Japan, Weather Underground reported.Noru's current track means it could make landfall in southern Honshu Island, Kyushu Island and the Ryukyu Islands, but will likely miss the major population center of Tokyo, The Weather Channel reported.Beyond southern Japan, Noru could hit parts of the Korean peninsula, and parts of central and northern Japan depending on when it turns northward.For a period of time last week, Noru and Tro...