Apr 29, 2014

Train lines to be reinforced by '17

Japan hopes to reinforce railways in areas threatened by strong earthquakes by fiscal 2017, according to a draft disaster preparedness plan obtained by Kyodo News on Monday. Efforts to make railways more quake-resistant are part of a nationwide plan filled with numerical targets for ...

Residents of Nagoya get disaster info maps

| Mar 28, 2014

Residents of Nagoya get disaster info maps

Officials in Nagoya are distributing seismic and tsunami hazard maps based on the damage the city is projected to take from an earthquake in the Nankai Trough. The maps, which were distributed starting March 17, outline two scenarios. One is based on the largest ...

New debris estimates soar for Nankai Trough quake

Mar 1, 2014

New debris estimates soar for Nankai Trough quake

The combined amount of debris from a projected Nankai Trough quake, as well as sediment washed ashore by the subsequent tsunami, could total as much as 349 million tons, some 11 times the amount caused by the March 2011 Tohoku disaster, the Environment Ministry ...

Jan 24, 2014

Quake will cut water to 94% of Osaka

A powerful earthquake originating in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast could cut off tap water to roughly 8.32 million people in Osaka, or 94 percent of the prefecture's residents, Osaka Prefecture says.

Defense Ministry draws up Nankai Trough quake response plans

Jan 11, 2014

Defense Ministry draws up Nankai Trough quake response plans

The Defense Ministry has drawn up response plans for a possible huge Nankai Trough earthquake south of Japan, Jiji Press learned Friday. The plans call for using some 65 Self-Defense Forces vessels and about 300 aircraft for rescue and relief activities, since many areas ...

Dec 30, 2013

10 prefectures say Nankai quake toll may top state's estimates

Ten prefectures predict they will see more deaths than the state’s estimate if a big earthquake occurs along the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, based on tougher conditions, such as the collapse of seawalls and coastal embankments, a Kyodo News study found. ...