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Typhoon Phanfone could impact Tokyo, Japan with hurricane strength winds

Typhoon Phanfone, which has intensified rapidly to a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of up to 120mph and gusts as high as 150mph, is on course to impact Japan, possibly Tokyo itself with hurricane strength winds by late Sunday or Monday.Typhoon Phanfone could be the biggest threat to Tokyo read the full article →

M7.3 Tokyo earthquake could cost $3 trillion in economic losses

A professor of civil engineering at Kansai University, who is also part of the Japanese government’s Central Disaster Management Council, estimates that a magnitude 7.3 earthquake beneath Tokyo could cost as much as $3 trillion dollars (300 trillion yen) in economic losses.The new estimate from professor Yoshiaki Kawata, a recognised read the full article →

Japan earthquake updates (18th March)

We anticipate this being the last day we publish updates regarding the Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster in this manner. We will, of course, continue to cover any relevant items that arise in the coming weeks. Now one week on from the initial disaster, the scale of the event is read the full article →

Japan earthquake updates (17th March)

For our latest updates read our article from the 18th March.We've decided to continue to have a single page dedicated to reporting relevant items related to the Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster and aftermath. We expect updates to slow to this page but feedback from readers has been so positive read the full article →

Japan earthquake updates (16th March)

For our latest updates read our article from the 17th March.We’re going to continue updating you on the situation in Japan after last Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami on this page today. We expect updates to be less frequent today. You can find some of the important updates from read the full article →

Japan earthquake updates (15th March)

For our latest updates read our article from the 16th March.We're continuing our updates on the situation in Japan after last Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami. We'll keep this page updated with items we feel of interest to our readers. Links to our other articles related to this disasters can read the full article →

Japan earthquake updates (14th March)

For our latest updates read our article from the 15th March.As we did over the weekend, we'll be updating this post throughout the day to bring you some of the latest updates on the situation in Japan after Friday's terrible earthquake and tsunami. You can also find links to our read the full article →

Reinsurance stock prices hit by Japan earthquake; what about cat bonds?

Update: Our list of the cat bonds exposed to Japan quake can be found here.We're hearing reports from around the world that reinsurer stock prices have dropped as exchanges opened this morning as traders get to grips with the prospects of a major insured loss event from the earthquake that read the full article →

Major earthquake experienced off northeast coast of Japan

A major earthquake, initially measured at 7.9 but now upgraded to a magnitude of 8.9 has struck off the northeast coast of Honshu island Japan. The epicentre was approximately 250 miles from Tokyo and at a depth of 20 miles. Severe shaking has been experienced in Tokyo and along the read the full article →