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A powerful earthquake off northeastern Japan last week left up to around 70,000 households without access to water in the region, local authorities said, underlining the urgent need to increase the ratio of quake-resistant water pipes in the disaster-prone country.

Water disruption in Miyagi Prefecture, which impacted about 37,000 homes, was mostly caused by damage to two key water pipes in the region that were more than 40 years old, according to the prefecture. One of them was not quake-resistant, it said.

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