A total of 894 buildings at public elementary and junior high schools were not earthquake-proof as of April 1, down from 978 a year before, an education ministry survey has shown.

The proportion of quake-proofed buildings was unchanged at 99.2 percent, the ministry said. A delay in seismic upgrades was noted at schools in small municipalities or at facilities expected to be integrated with others, the ministry said Friday.

The survey covered 115,606 school buildings, excluding those in Futaba and Okuma, home to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

School buildings were fully quake-proofed in Miyagi, Akita, Tochigi, Saitama, Kanagawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Gifu, Mie, Shiga, Tottori, Kagawa, Kumamoto and Oita prefectures.

The proportion of quake-proof buildings was lowest in Okinawa, at 93.0 percent, followed by Hokkaido, at 96.2 percent, and Ehime, at 96.5 percent.

Measures to prevent collapses of suspended ceilings were in place at 98.9 percent of 32,273 facilities surveyed, up 0.7 percentage point.

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