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FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, the Olympic Flame burns during a ceremony in Fukushima City, Japan. The Olympic flame is going to be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday, April 1, at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Olympic flame to stay a month in Fukushima; Next stop Tokyo?

Apr. 1, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima. The public will have...

Quake shakes eastern Indonesia amid virus outbreak

Mar. 28, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong inland and shallow earthquake hit parts of Indonesia's Sulawesi island late Saturday night, sending people fleeing despite appeals by officials to keep distance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.8 quake was centered...

Tsunami watch for Hawaii lifted after north Pacific quake

Mar. 25, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the northern Pacific on Wednesday and forecasters said tsunami waves were possible for the nearest shores. A brief tsunami watch for Hawaii was canceled. The quake struck 219 kilometers (136 miles) south-southeast of Severo on Russia's far eastern Kuril...

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Russia's far eastern Kuril Islands; tsunami warning issued for the closest shores

Mar. 25, 2020 12:06 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Russia's far eastern Kuril Islands; tsunami warning issued for the closest shores.
A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games

Mar. 20, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame on Friday completed its difficult journey from Greece to Japan. That signified a small, symbolic victory for the IOC and local organizers, who maintain the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 24 amid a chorus of doubters who believe they should be postponed...

Doctors and members of the Chinese Red Cross pose for a photo prior to a press conference in Rome, Friday, March 13, 2020. A charter plane carrying members of a medical team and several tons of medical supplies from China arrived in Rome late Thursday to assist Italy in fighting the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

"Not a wave, a tsunami." Italy hospitals at virus limit

Mar. 13, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Talk of a 400-bed field hospital in Milan’s fairgrounds. A team of Chinese experts and surplus ventilators arriving on a cargo plane. Doctors Without Borders, usually dispatched to the third world when disasters strike, working triage in Italy’s prosperous north. The coronavirus...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, observes a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's northeastern coast nine years ago, at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus

Mar. 11, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Some residents along the Japanese northern coast stood on roadsides overlooking the sea, offering silent prayers for their loved ones lost in a massive earthquake and tsunami nine years ago Wednesday. But in Tokyo and many other places around Japan, the day was being remembered without a main...

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a signing of a spending bill to combat the coronavirus, at the White House, Friday, March 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Virus threat prompts cancellation of SXSW

Mar. 6, 2020 5:36 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local to Seoul): 7:10 a.m. Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival. Mayor Steve Adler announced a local disaster as a precaution because of the threat of the novel coronavirus,...

A guard opens the gate to the town in Futaba, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan at midnight Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Japan’s government partially lifted an entry ban for Futaba, the last town that remained off-limits since it was entirely forced to evacuate following the Fukushima nuclear disaster nine years ago.  (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan opens part of last town off-limits since nuclear leaks

Mar. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government on Wednesday opened part of the last town that had been off-limits due to radiation since the Fukushima nuclear disaster nine years ago, in a symbolic move showing the region's recovery ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. All 7,000 people in the town of Futaba were forced to...

In this Feb. 14, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks on a almost empty street at the Chinatown in Incheon, South Korea. Even as cases and deaths from the new virus mount, fear is advancing like a tsunami - and not just in the areas surrounding the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak that has been declared a global health emergency. A restaurant owner in the Chinatown says visitors have dropped by 90%. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

Feb. 21, 2020 5:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you’re going to die: smoking, car...