Be able to hold out for three days after big quake: panel

The Central Disaster Management Council has called for government entities and major banks to secure water, an emergency power source and other necessities to enable them to hold on for three days without utilities after a major quake in Tokyo.

The council, chaired by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, made the call for the Diet, central government offices, the Bank of Japan and major financial institutions as it formulates a quake-preparedness outline.

The panel also wants households to keep three days of food.

The government has predicted that a quake registering a 6 on the Japanese seismic scale to 7 with its epicenter in northern Tokyo Bay could kill up to 11,000 people and cause 112 trillion yen in economic damage.

The panel also wants homes, schools, hospitals and government buildings to be quake-proofed as soon as possible.