Series of Shallow Temblors Strike Izu Islands
Japan issued a tsunami advisory for some coastal regions early Monday following a series of shallow earthquakes in the Izu islands in the Pacific Ocean but there were no immediate reports of damage from the minor waves generated, seismologists said.
Tsunami waves of 60 centimetres (24 inches) hit Hachijojima island, 280 kilometres (170 miles) south of Tokyo, while ones of 40cm and 20 cm were recorded in western Kochi prefecture and southern Miyazaki prefecture, respectively, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
No damage has been reported, the JMA said, but Tateyama city of Chiba, near Tokyo, urged residents in coastal areas to evacuate after the advisory.
JMA official Toshihiro Shimoyama warned during a press conference that “it is dangerous in the sea and near the coast”.
“Please get out of the sea and stay away from the coast.”
Shimoyama said the JMA “haven't been able to pinpoint the cause” although it assumed a quake had generated the tsunami waves.
The US Geological Survey, however, reported a series of shallow quakes in the Izu islands, with the strongest a 5.4 magnitude tremor recorded at 5:17 am (2117 GMT Sunday) around 551 kilometres south of Shimoda.
The latest advisory comes after Japan observed a one-metre tsunami near the Izu islands after a magnitude 6.5 quake last week.
Brighton's Kaoru Mitoma To Spearhead Japan's Attack Through 2026 World Cup Qualifiers
Japan named a full-strength squad featuring Brighton's Kaoru Mitoma and Real Sociedad's Takefusa Kubo on Wednesday for the start of their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign against Myanmar and Syria.
The Blue Samurai, who lost on penalties to Croatia in the last 16 of last year's World Cup in Qatar, face Myanmar in Osaka on November 16 before taking on Syria on neutral ground in Jeddah five days later.
Coach Hajime Moriyasu picked a 26-man squad packed with European experience and said most of the players could expect to see some action.
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“There is a chance that we could pick up injuries in these two games so having 26 players should allow us to overcome that,” said Moriyasu, whose team have also been drawn alongside North Korea in qualifying Group B.
“I will look at what condition the players are in and potentially play one group of players in the first game and then another group in the second.”
Arsenal's Takehiro Tomiyasu, Liverpool's Wataru Endo and Celtic pair Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda were all named in the squad.
Lazio's Daichi Kamada returns after missing friendly wins over Canada and Tunisia in October.
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Japan have been in red-hot form since the last World Cup, winning their last six games with 24 goals scored and just five conceded.
That run included convincing away wins over Turkey and Germany, whose coach Hansi Flick lost his job after Japan beat his side 4-1.
Moriyasu is keen to take that momentum into the World Cup qualifiers and wants to see his team continue improving.
“We want to take six points from these two games and we will prepare as best we can to do so,” he said.
“We want to win and we want to give a performance that will allow us to build for the future.”
Goalkeepers: Daiya Maekawa (Vissel Kobe), Keisuke Osako (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Zion Suzuki (Sint-Truidense/BEL)
Defenders: Shogo Taniguchi (Al-Rayyan/QAT), Yuta Nakayama (Huddersfield/ENG), Koki Machida (Union SG/BEL), Seiya Maikuma (Gamba Osaka), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal/ENG), Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart/GER), Yukinari Sugawara (AZ/NED)
Midfielders/forwards: Wataru Endo (Liverpool/ENG), Junya Ito (Reims/FRA), Takuma Asano (Bochum/GER), Takumi Minamino (Monaco/FRA), Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic/SCO), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting/POR), Hayao Kawabe (Standard Liege/BEL), Daichi Kamada (Lazio/ITA), Yuki Soma (Casa Pia/POR), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton/ENG), Daizen Maeda (Celtic/SCO), Ritsu Doan (Freiburg/GER), Atsuki Ito (Urawa Reds), Ayase Ueda (Feyenoord/NED), Ao Tanaka (Dusseldorf/GER), Takefusa Kubo (Sociedad/ESP)
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American Ben Shelton Claims Maiden ATP Tour Crown With Win Over Aslan Karatsev
American rising star Ben Shelton won his first ATP Tour title on Sunday, beating Russian Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 6-1 in the final of the Japan Open.
Shelton only turned professional in August last year but he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January and the semi-finals of the US Open last month.
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The 21-year-old had to battle through a series of three-set matches to reach the Tokyo final but he made short work of world number 50 Karatsev, winning in just over 1hr 20min.
Shelton won the first set after breaking his opponent for a 6-5 lead and holding his serve in the next game.
Karatsev struggled to regain his composure in the second set and smashed his racquet in frustration as unforced errors began to creep into his game.
Karatsev hit a shot long on match point to hand Shelton the victory.
The American celebrated by running to his team and hugging his father, Bryan, who is also his coach.
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Karatsev had reached the final winning all his matches in straight sets, including victories over fourth seed Alex de Minaur and sixth seed Frances Tiafoe.
Shelton also beat Karatsev at the US Open.
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Casper Ruud Handed Second Round Defeat by Marcos Giron
Norway's Casper Ruud said his trip to Asia was “not what I was really hoping for” after exiting the Japan Open with a second-round defeat to qualifier Marcos Giron on Wednesday.
World number eight Ruud, who reached this year's French Open final, lost in the Beijing Open quarter-finals before bowing out in the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters this month.
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Ruud's Asian swing ended with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to American world number 79 Giron in Tokyo, but he tried to stay positive, noting his fall at the first hurdle at last year's tournament.
“I think it went better than last year so what can you say, I played better than last year, for sure,” said the tournament's number two seed.
“Maybe not what I was really hoping for and kind of what I needed but there's still a couple of weeks to go and I'll keep my head high and try to fight in the last couple of weeks of the year.”
Ruud had to work hard to beat Japan's Yosuke Watanuki in a 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 first-round win on Tuesday night.
He said he was “never able to get into a rhythm” against Giron in a match that lasted just 1hr 20min.
“I tried to play the same level as I did yesterday — maybe I wasn't able to but it's OK, it's not always easy to shift from one day to the other with different opponents,” said Ruud.
“I wasn't able to be ready enough for his game and counter his game.”
German number three seed Alexander Zverev and American Frances Tiafoe, seeded sixth, had already been eliminated in the first round in Tokyo.
Shanghai Masters champion Hubert Hurkacz joined them after losing to China's Zhang Zhizhen.
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Zhang, who won gold at the Asian Games in the Chinese city of Hangzhou last month, beat the Pole 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).
American number five seed Tommy Paul booked his place in the quarter-finals alongside Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime, the number eight seed.
Paul beat fellow American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2 to progress in his tournament debut.
Paul said the “very fast” Tokyo court was to his liking.
“The fast ones are a little bit more fun because you can really take advantage of well-struck shots and get to the net,” said the 26-year-old.
“It's quicker points, your serve is a little bit more effective. I do enjoy a fast hard court.”
Auger-Aliassime beat Austria's Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 6-1.
Rising American star Ben Shelton also reached the quarter-finals with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3 win over Australia's Jordan Thompson.
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Vedanta exploring tie-ups with Japanese tech firms for semiconductor plants
Moving ahead with its plan to set up a semiconductor fab in Gujarat, Vedanta Group on Tuesday said that it is exploring tie-ups with Japanese technology companies.
Akarsh K. Hebbar, Vedanta's semiconductor and display business global managing director, during Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit roadshow in Japan said that it is a $80 billion opportunity for companies willing to come and invest in the electronics manufacturing hub in Gujarat.
“There is a USD 80-billion opportunity for companies willing to come and invest in this electronics manufacturing hub, and Vedanta will be the anchor for Japanese companies interested in investing in India," Hebbar said.
“He (Hebbar) outlined Vedanta's ambitious plans to establish semiconductor and display fabs in Dholera SIR, Gujarat, and invited Japanese companies to partner with Vedanta in helping build the country's first electronics manufacturing hub in the state," Vedanta said in a statement.
The electronics manufacturing hub has the potential to attract hundreds of SMEs and create more than one lakh jobs, added Hebbar.
Vedanta group firm AvanStrate Inc is headquartered in Japan.
In 2022, Vedanta signed pacts with 30 Japanese technology companies to foster the development of India's semiconductor and glass display manufacturing ecosystem.
With around 100 semiconductor manufacturing plants, Japan is among the top five countries to have a semiconductor ecosystem.
Earlier, Vedanta had formed a joint venture with Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn which announced plans to invest $19.5 billion in setting up a semiconductor wafer fabrication plant.
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Afghan Earthquake Death Toll Surpasses 2
Death toll from strong earthquakes that shook western Afghanistan rises to 2,000, said a Taliban spokesman Sunday, in one of the deadliest earthquakes to strike the country in two decades. A powerful magnitude-6.3 earthquake followed by strong aftershocks killed dozens of people in western Afghanistan on Saturday, the country's national disaster authority said.
Abdul Wahid Rayan, spokesman of the Ministry of Information and Culture, said the death toll from the earthquake in Herat is higher originally reported. About six villages have been destroyed, and hundreds of civilians have been buried under the debris, he said while calling for urgent help.
The United Nations gave a preliminary figure of 320 dead, but later said the figure was still being verified. Local authorities gave an estimate of 100 people killed and 500 injured, according to the same update from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The update also said 465 houses had been reported destroyed and a further 135 were damaged. “Partners and local authorities anticipate the number of casualties to increase as search and rescue efforts continue amid reports that some people may be trapped under collapsed buildings,” the U.N. said.
Disaster authority spokesperson Mohammad Abdullah Jan said four villages in the Zenda Jan district in Herat province bore the brunt of the quake and aftershocks.
The United States Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Herat city. It was followed by three very strong aftershocks, measuring magnitude 6.3, 5.9 and 5.5, as well as lesser shocks. At least five strong tremors struck the city around noon, Herat city resident Abdul Shakor Samadi said.
“All people are out of their homes,” Samadi said. “Houses, offices and shops are all empty and there are fears of more earthquakes. My family and I were inside our home, I felt the quake.” His family began shouting and ran outside, afraid to return indoors.
The World Health Organization in Afghanistan said it dispatched 12 ambulance cars to Zenda Jan to evacuate casualties to hospitals. “As deaths & casualties from the earthquake continue to be reported, teams are in hospitals assisting treatment of wounded & assessing additional needs,” the U.N. agency said on X, formerly known as Twitter. “WHO-supported ambulances are transporting those affected, most of them women and children.”
Telephone connections went down in Herat, making it hard to get details from affected areas. Videos on social media showed hundreds of people in the streets outside their homes and offices in Herat city. Herat province borders Iran. The quake also was felt in the nearby Afghan provinces of Farah and Badghis, according to local media reports.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban-appointed deputy prime minister for economic affairs, expressed his condolences to the dead and injured in Herat and Badghis.
The Taliban urged local organizations to reach earthquake-hit areas as soon as possible to help take the injured to hospital, provide shelter for the homeless, and deliver food to survivors. They said security agencies should use all their resources and facilities to rescue people trapped under debris. “We ask our wealthy compatriots to give any possible cooperation and help to our afflicted brothers,” the Taliban said on X.
Japan's ambassador to Afghanistan, Takashi Okada, expressed his condolences saying on the social platform X, that he was “deeply grieved and saddened to learn the news of earthquake in Herat province.”
In June 2022, a powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, flattening stone and mud-brick homes. The quake killed at least 1,000 people and injuring about 1,500.
Afghan Earthquake Death Toll Surpasses 1
The death toll from a series of earthquakes in western Afghanistan rose sharply Sunday to more than 1,000 as rescuers scrabbled for survivors among the ruins of villages razed to the ground.
Saturday's magnitude 6.3 quake — followed by eight strong aftershocks — jolted hard-to-reach areas 30 kilometres (19 miles) northwest of the provincial capital of Herat, toppling rural homes and sending panicked city dwellers surging into the streets.
“Unfortunately, the casualties are practically very high,” deputy government spokesman Bilal Karimi said early Sunday, as the extent of the damage became clear.
“The death toll is more than 1,000 people. We are waiting to see how the final figures will turn out,” he told AFP.
As night fell Saturday in Sarboland village of Zinda Jan district, an AFP reporter saw dozens of homes ruined near the epicentre of the quakes, which shook the area for more than five hours.
Men shovelled through piles of crumbled masonry as women and children waited in the open, with gutted homes displaying personal belongings flapping in the harsh wind.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 600 houses were destroyed or partially damaged across at least 12 villages in Herat province, with some 4,200 people affected.
“In the very first shake all the houses collapsed,” said 42-year-old Bashir Ahmad.
“Those who were inside the houses were buried,” he said. “There are families we have heard no news from.”
Nek Mohammad told AFP he was at work when the first quake struck at around 11:00 am (0630 GMT).
“We came home and saw that actually there was nothing left. Everything had turned to sand,” said the 32-year-old, adding that some 30 bodies had been recovered.
“So far, we have nothing. No blankets or anything else. We are here left out at night with our martyrs,” he said as darkness began to fall.
The WHO said late Saturday “the number of casualties is expected to rise as search and rescue operations are ongoing”.
In Herat city, residents fled their homes and schools, hospitals and offices evacuated when the first quake was felt. There were few reports of casualties in the metropolitan area, however.
Afghanistan is already suffering in the grip of a dire humanitarian crisis, with the widespread withdrawal of foreign aid following the Taliban's return to power in 2021.
Herat province — home to some 1.9 million people on the border with Iran — has also been hit by a years-long drought that has crippled many already hardscrabble agricultural communities.
Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.
More than 1,000 people were killed and tens of thousands left homeless in June last year after a 5.9-magnitude quake — the deadliest in Afghanistan in nearly a quarter of a century — struck the impoverished province of Paktika.
This New AI Model Can Predict Earthquakes In Advance
Researchers have developed a novel artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that correctly predicted 70 per cent of earthquakes a week before they happened during a seven-month trial in China, raising hopes that the technology could one day be used to limit earthquakes' impact on lives and economies.
The AI, developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, was trained to detect statistical bumps in real-time seismic data that researchers had paired with previous earthquakes.
The outcome was a weekly forecast in which the AI successfully predicted 14 earthquakes within about 200 miles of where it estimated they would happen and at almost exactly the calculated strength. It missed one earthquake and gave eight false warnings.
It's not yet known if the same approach will work at other locations, but the effort is a milestone in research for AI-driven earthquake forecasting.
“Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail,” said Sergey Fomel, Professor in UT's Bureau of Economic Geology.
“We're not yet close to making predictions for anywhere in the world, but what we achieved tells us that what we thought was an impossible problem is solvable in principle.”
The findings from the trial are published in the journal Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
“You don't see earthquakes coming,” said Alexandros Savvaidis, a senior research scientist who leads the bureau's Texas Seismological Network Programme (TexNet) — the state's seismic network.
“It's a matter of milliseconds, and the only thing you can control is how prepared you are. Even with 70 per cent, that's a huge result and could help minimise economic and human losses and has the potential to dramatically improve earthquake preparedness worldwide.”
The researchers said that their method had succeeded by following a relatively simple machine learning approach. The AI was given a set of statistical features based on the team's knowledge of earthquake physics, then told to train itself on a five-year database of seismic recordings.
Once trained, the AI gave its forecast by listening for signs of incoming earthquakes among the background rumblings in the Earth.
The researchers are confident that in places with robust seismic tracking networks such as California, Italy, Japan, Greece, Turkey and Texas, the AI could improve its success rate and narrow its predictions to within a few tens of miles.
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How much can AI help in predicting earthquakes
The massive destruction following massive earthquakes is not hidden to anyone. The world witnessed major monuments turning into rubble in Turkey after a mega-earthquake struck the nation. However, use of artificial intelligence can make difference in predicting earthquakes before hand, suggest scientists.
Recently, an AI-driven tool was 70 per cent accurate in predicting earthquakes a week before they occurred during a seven-month trial in China, scientists report.
The outcome of the AI experiment in earthquake prediction was a weekly forecast in which the AI successfully predicted 14 earthquakes within about 200 miles, or 320 kilometres, of where it estimated they would happen and at almost exactly the calculated strength, the researchers at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin, US, said.
However, AI-tool missed one earthquake and gave eight false warnings. The AI was trained to detect statistical bumps in real-time seismic data that researchers had paired with previous earthquakes, they said, adding that the method follows a relatively simple machine learning approach. Their study is published in the journal Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
(With inputs from PTI)
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Deep-Sea Footage Reveals Aircraft Carriers from Battle Between US and Japan Published 2 hours ago
Footage from deep in the Pacific Ocean has given the first detailed look at three World War II aircraft carriers that sank in the pivotal Battle of Midway and could help solve mysteries about the days-long barrage that marked a shift in control of the Pacific theater from Japanese to U.S. forces.
Remote submersibles operating 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) below the surface conducted extensive archeological surveys in September of the Akagi and the Kaga, two of the four Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers destroyed during the June 1942 battle, as well as the U.S.S. Yorktown.
The high-quality video includes the official identification of the Akagi, while also providing new clues about the final hours of the aircraft carriers. The footage shows how the island, or the tall structure that rose above the Yorktown's wooden deck, was damaged by extremely high heat and how the crew went to great lengths to keep the American ship from sinking.
Julian Hodges, one of the last living veterans who served on the Yorktown, and who swam six hours with a dislocated shoulder to a rescue ship, teared up as he watched. “Boy, she took a beating,” Hodges said, just weeks shy of his 101st birthday. “I just hated to see my ship torn up like that.”
All three aircraft carriers were found previously, the Yorktown in 1998 and the Japanese ships four years ago. The Akagi was only preliminarily identified, however, and limited images were recorded of the other two.
That changed when Ocean Exploration Trust — founded by Bob Ballard, who led teams that discovered the Yorktown and the Titanic — conducted extensive video surveys of the three ships during a month-long exploration of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, about 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) northwest of Honolulu.
“We were able to spend over basically three full days on these sites, including two full days on the seafloor, really methodically and thoroughly documenting the entire wrecks,” Daniel Wagner, the chief scientist for Ocean Exploration Trust, told The Associated Press via videoconference from the exploration vessel Nautilus.
The surveys were streamed online, allowing more than 100 scientists, historians and other experts from across the world to participate in a live forum alongside about two dozen scientists aboard the Nautilus.
The Battle of Midway took place six months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The Japanese navy aimed to take control of the U.S. patrol plane base in a surprise attack at Midway Atoll, a tiny group of islands roughly halfway between the U.S. mainland and Asia. The country also wanted to destroy what was left of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
But U.S. forces intercepted communications about the attack and were ready. The five-day battle was fought about 200 miles (322 kilometers) off the group of islands. Besides sinking the Akagi, the Kaga and two other Japanese aircraft carriers, U.S. forces shot down more than 250 Japanese airplanes. More than 3,000 Japanese servicemen died.
U.S. losses included more than 300 servicemen, about 150 airplanes and the Yorktown, which was damaged in the battle and then sunk by a Japanese submarine about 100 miles (161 kilometers) away while being towed for repairs.
Of the 4,600 or so men who served on the Yorktown from 1937 to 1942, it's believed there are only two still alive, said Michael Leggins, president of the U.S.S. Yorktown CV-5 Club, a group dedicated to providing information about the ship.
One of them, Hodges, is a retired Baptist minister in Johnson City, Tennessee. He joined the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor and worked in the Yorktown's boiler room during the battle.
He recalled in a videoconference interview with the AP that after two torpedoes exploded, he found himself stuck between two pipes, his left arm so tightly pinned he couldn't pull it out. His shoulder was also dislocated, an injury that still troubles him 81 years later.
Once freed with the help of a fellow sailor, a life jacket was taped over his injured shoulder and he held on to another to swim more than 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) to a waiting ship. He said the journey took about six hours.
The other surviving Yorktown veteran, Robert Taylor, needed parental permission to join the Navy on Sept. 12, 1941, at the age of 17. Taylor, now 99, manned an anti-aircraft gun during the battle.
Historians knew the crew tried to keep the ship afloat by jettisoning some smaller anti-aircraft guns on the port side. But among the discoveries from the new video was that the sailors also cut away the larger guns, said Hans Van Tilburg, the maritime archeologist and historian for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. The action “speaks to the dedication of the crew to save their vessel in the last and final moments of that ship's service,” he said.
When ordered to abandon ship, Taylor jumped overboard and tried to swim to a nearby destroyer, U.S.S. Balch, giving his life jacket to a fellow sailor who didn't know how to swim.
But as he neared the Balch, the ship started moving off to pick up more men in the water. A crewman on board tossed a line, which Taylor said he grabbed with his foot. He got alongside the destroyer and was pulled aboard but doesn't remember much afterward. “They tell me I was screaming,” he told the AP from his home in Auburndale, Florida. The ordeal left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The carriers will remain in their current location in U.S. protected waters, which should prevent them from being looted or becoming tourist destinations like the Titanic. The only things to be taken from the wrecks, Wagner said, will be the images and video they are sharing. Hodges said he appreciated that. “Nobody's going to get anything out of it,” he said. He hopes the video spurs a new generation to consider the toll of conflict: “Whatever it takes to put wars out of business.”
Taylor quipped that he would like the ship raised, if only to retrieve the $28 he left in his locker when the ship went down, about $530 in today's money. Joking aside, the destruction of the Yorktown haunts him. “I was really upset because I loved that ship,” Taylor said. “It took a lot to sink it.”
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