Govt panel predicts Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

A satellite picture of predicting Tsunami in Japan - File Photo

A strong earthquake and Tsunami has been predicted by a government panel in Japan, according to the Japan Times report.

The India TV today reported quoting the Japan Times that a “worst-case scenario” is expected due to the mega-earthquake centred around the Japan Trench and the Kuril Trench. According to the scientists, and experts, tsunami waves as high as 30 meters could be triggered if an earthquake of magnitude 9 occurs along the sea trenches of the pacific coast. 

A government panel, however, said it was difficult to calculate the probability such an earthquake could occur which estimated the earthquake along the Chishima Trench could have a magnitude of 9.3. The report also pointed out that massive tsunamis have hit the region earlier for every 300 to 400 years with the latest observed in the 17th century.

The report said Japan Trench extends from waters off the coast of Hokkaido to the Boso Peninsula in China Prefecture, east of Tokyo, and the Kuril Trench stretches from the sea off Tokachi on the country’s northernmost main island to the Kuril Islands in Far East Russia. it may be recalled that the Tsunami and the earthquake that hit the country in 2011 at 9.0 magnitude 9.0 had devastated northeastern Japan leaving 15,000 people dead.

The government panel also predicted severe damage to 7 prefectures (states) including Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba out of 47 prefectures Japan has. The forecast predicted the area around Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding Incorporation, Japanese nuclear power plant which was hit by 2011 Tsunami is now expected to be submerged as well.