Government estimates 23,000 would be killed in 7 mag. earthquake beneath Tokyo


The Extinction Protocol

December 22, 2013JAPANA massive magnitude-7 earthquake, expected to strike beneath Tokyo with a high probability within 30 years, could claim up to 23,000 lives, destroy more than 600,000 buildings and cause an estimated 95 trillion yen ($910 billion) loss to the economy, a government panel said Dec. 19. Using the estimates, the government plans to work out a basic disaster management plan, including emergency response and measures to back up the operations of government ministries and agencies, before the current fiscal year ends in March. The latest report for the first time also included damage estimates for a hypothetical magnitude-8 class event along the Sagami Trough, a depression on the seabed that extends from the Japan Trench east of Honshu to areas around the Sagami Bay off Kanagawa Prefecture. The Dec. 19 report said the worst-case scenario would result in 70,000 deaths, including 11,000 from tsunami…

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