There is a 40 percent to 50 percent likelihood that magnitude 8 earthquakes will hit regions of central and western Japan causing damage to the Pacific belt zone — the center of the nation’s economy — in the next 30 years, according to a government report released this week.

The report, by the earthquake survey council, focuses on magnitude 8 quakes in the Nankai and Tonankai regions, which occur in 100- and 150-year cycles along the Nankai trough, which runs through parts of central and western Japan.

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