Study finds Tokyo mega-quake would kill close to ten thousand

April 18, 2012JAPAN More than 9,600 people would die with nearly 150,000 injured if a mega-quake struck Tokyo, a disaster that would also level large parts of the Japanese capital, a government projection said Wednesday. The frightening simulation was released by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as Japan slowly rebuilds its northeast coast, which was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 quake in March last year that unleashed a deadly tsunami. The disaster killed some 19,000 people and triggered the worst nuclear accident in a generation. Tokyo was largely spared from the damage, but if a smaller 7.3-magnitude quake struck the sprawling metropolis it would leave about 9,600 dead and 147,000 people with injuries, including 21,900 seriously, the projection said. About 5.2 million people would be unable to go home owing to electricity and transportation damage while the temblor would flatten or seriously damage some 378,000 buildings with about 188,000 structures burning to the ground. A huge tsunami would strike isolated Pacific Ocean islands several hundred kilometers outside Tokyo, which are considered part of the municipality, but was not likely to cause damage or fatalities in the metropolis itself. The biggest city in earthquake-prone Japan lies at the intersection of four tectonic plates and there is a 50 percent chance it will be struck by a magnitude-7.0 or higher quake in the next four years, according to the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Research Institute. The government projection does not include fatalities and damage in outlying prefectures that make up Greater Tokyo, home to about 35.0 million people. In 1923, Tokyo and surrounding areas were struck by a 7.9 magnitude quake that left more than 140,000 people dead and destroyed much of the city. –Physics
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6 Responses to Study finds Tokyo mega-quake would kill close to ten thousand

  1. iamtwisted says:

    Wrong -with the truth being told Tokyo is the worst nuclear accident in history. They just are not being honest and the true damage wont be completly appearent for years to come, as a lot of damage is being done to the eco system and the radiation leaking throught the water and air will take its toll on us all. Thanks for the updates and having a site that is honest. Its nice to know we can still find the true News somewhere. God Bless You and us all.

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    • Bone Idle says:

      It wont take years to come if Fukashima Reactor 4’s fuel rod pool collapses. Since publicity of this potential disastrous scenario has come to the fore in the last month, the Japanese government and plant operator Tepco have started to do something constructive to lessen the risk. It will be too late though if a mag 7 or above strikes any where near Fukashima before they get their act together.

      Another Mega quake will kill many more than 10,000. As has been noted in the text, the 1923 Kanto mag 7.9 event took 140,000 lives. There are even larger population densities now in the same areas compared to back in 1923.

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  2. dannrivera says:

    Well it’s coming, MEGAQUAKES – PACIFIC RING OF FIRE, NEW MADRID FAULT ETC, ETC. April 23, 2012. Be warned, be prepared…

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    • Phyllis says:

      why is every one saying april 23?,I have seen this date everywhere,but no explanation,what is supposed to happen on this date?are we supposed to be alligned with something or a solar thing,or what,just wondering and would like to know why this date is suppoese to be big,thanks,Phyllis

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  3. Emanni says:

    04/15/2012
    Russia Stunned After Japanese Plan To Evacuate 40 Million Revealed

    “A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Foreign Ministry on the planned re-opening of talks with Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands during the next fortnight states that Russian diplomats were “stunned” after being told by their Japanese counterparts that upwards of 40 million of their peoples were in “extreme danger” of life threatening radiation poisoning and could very well likely be faced with forced evacuations away from their countries eastern most located cities… including the world’s largest one, Tokyo.”

    “Japan’s former ambassador to Switzerland, Mitsuhei Murata, on the situation at Fukushima. Speaking at a public hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on 22 March 2012; warned that “if the crippled building of reactor unit 4 — with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground — collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4,” In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable.”
    http://www.eutimes.net/2012/04/russia-stunned-after-japanese-plan-to-evacuate-40-million-revealed/

    04/20/2012
    News Flash: Crippled Fukushima Reactors Officially Closed
    It’s official: Japan now has four fewer nuclear reactors than it did the day before.
    “That’s because on April 19, one year, one month and one week after Fukushima Daiichi units 1 through 4 lost power and either melted down or blew up, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. formally announced it had taken them out of service forever, never to be restarted ever again.”

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  4. Gen says:

    Motor cycle with Japanese plates washes up on Canadian beach – from Miyagi Prefecture.

    http://media.smh.com.au/news/world-news/tsunami-motorcycle-washes-up-in-canada-3260421.html?from=newsbox

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