• Kyodo


The leader of a team of earthquake researchers admitted Thursday that they made an erroneous announcement confirming the presence of an active fault near Tokyo after mistaking what appears to be a concrete column buried in the ground as natural stone.

Hiroshi Sato, a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Research Institute, told a news conference they were mistaken in saying there was an active fault based on the movement of stones, characteristic of a lateral fault, and that it was actually an artificial concrete structure.

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