A five-point catch-up on Japan disaster news since the 10th anniversary of the 3/11 triple disaster:
- A revised map of hazards for a possible eruption of Mount Fuji predicts that lava and pyroclastic flows from the volcano could reach wider areas than previously forecast, and arrive some 10 hours earlier, too.
- The possibility of a powerful quake hitting the Pacific side of Japan over the next 30 years remains high, according to the government’s 2020 seismic hazard map. The map gives the probabilities of a quake of at least lower-6 on the Japanese scale striking areas across the archipelago.
- The Meteorological Agency has stopped using the term “aftershocks” for strong quakes in the region hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake. “I want people to prepare for possible powerful earthquakes and tsunamis regardless of whether they are aftershocks or not,” an official said.
- Shizuoka Prefecture has made a 70% downward revision of its projected death toll — from 105,000 to 33,000 — from a feared Nankai Trough mega-quake, thanks to measures such as building tide walls and making houses quake-resistant.
- Akuseki Island in Kagoshima experienced more than 200 quakes over four days this month, and the region is still rumbling. Suwanose Island, next to Akuseki, has an active volcano that erupted last month.