Japanese researchers say a massive earthquakecould occur off a peninsula to the east of Tokyo, in an area separate from the one that triggered the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan reported to a government panel on Wednesday that analysis of global positioning system data shows that the tip of the Boso Peninsula has been moving about 3 centimeters north each year since 1997.
The authority says quake-causing strain may be building up in the area, where a marine tectonic plate slides under a continental plate.
The situation is similar around the Miura Peninsula to the south of Tokyo, near Yokohama.
Pressure there was released in the 1923 earthquake, but the area off Boso Peninsula has not had a major quake for at least 300 years.
Researcher Takuya Nishimura says an earthquake occurring in this zone could have a magnitude of around 8. He says the authority will continue its analysis to increase the accuracy of its estimations.
If a mega-quake struck Tokyo, more than 9,600 people would die with nearly 150,000 injured and large parts of the Japanese capital leveled to the ground according to recent simulation by Tokyo Metropolitan Government. 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 damagesome 378,000 buildings with about 188,000 structures burning to the ground. A huge tsunami would strike isolated Pacific Ocean islands several hundred kilometres outside Tokyo, which are considered part of the municipality, but was not likely to cause damage or fatalities in the metropolis itself. The government projection does not include fatalities and damage in outlying prefectures that make up Greater Tokyo, home to about 35.0 million people.
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