Virginia Earthquake Shakes Louisville, Eastern Kentucky

by Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio Tremors from a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Richmond, Va., shook parts of eastern Kentucky, with at least two people reporting feeling some shaking as far away as Louisville.  Mike Lynch, with the Kentucky Geologic Survey at the University of Kentucky, says he’s not all that surprised that tremors were […]

Kentuckians Prepare for Japanese Teaching Assignments

The March earthquake and tsunami in Japan devastated parts of that country and shook the economy around the world. It did not, however, shake the resolve of several Kentuckians who are headed to Japan this weekend to start new jobs. The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program hires English-speaking college graduates to teach in Japanese […]

Production Increases at Georgetown Toyota Plant

This year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a parts shortage that led to diminished production at Toyota Motor Company’s 13 American plants. It also damaged the automaker’s sales. And now, Toyota is now preparing to increase production and competition. The Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky was more active during the parts shortage than most other […]

MetroSafe Participates in FEMA Earthquake Drill

The Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted an earthquake drill in western Kentucky today. FEMA is testing how well various federal, state, city and private agencies can respond to a devastating quake on the New Madrid Fault, which is underneath parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Louisville MetroSafe spokesperson Lee Cravins says his agency was […]

U of L Group to Participate in FEMA Earthquake Drill

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting an exercise this week in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which covers much of Kentucky. FEMA will conduct various simulations and drills to test the federal, state and local response to a devastating earthquake on the New Madrid Fault. Among the participants will be about 30 of the […]

Toyota Officials Confident Automaker Will Recover From Drops in Production, Profit

Despite a drop in production and profits after the earthquake in Japan, Toyota Motor Company officials are optimistic about the automaker’s future. Toyota sales spokesperson Steve Curtis says the parts shortage that followed the earthquake has not been as long or severe as expected. Toyota profits dropped by 77 percent after the disaster, but Curtis […]

Toyota Production Delays Continue

As a parts shortage caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan continues, Toyota Motor Company will further reduce production at North American plants, including a facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. Earlier this month, the company announced that plants would be closed on Mondays and Fridays through late April. That pattern is now being extended through […]

Toyota to Halt Production for Several Days

As a shortage of parts from Japan continues, the Toyota Motor Company will halt production at its North American plants this month. Plants will not produce vehicles on the 15th, 18th, 21st, 22nd and 25th. However the Georgetown Kentucky plant will be active on the 21st. It’s possible the parts shortage will continue beyond this […]