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The Central Disaster Prevention Council has reworked its potential damage estimate for a major quake that could directly strike the Tokyo area, in light of the March 2011 magnitude 9 temblor that spawned the devastating tsunami off Tohoku.

In Thursday’s estimate, the council’s focus was on a magnitude 7-class event and did not squarely address the possibility of a megaquake of magnitude 9 or greater striking.

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