30 Aug '11, 6am

Chances of big earthquake below Tokyo rising: Study

Chances of big earthquake below Tokyo rising: Study

The possibility of a huge plate-boundary earthquake amplified by simultaneous moves in two or more focal areas beneath Tokyo has been increasing since the Great East Japan Earthquake. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO (YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The possibility of a huge plate-boundary earthquake amplified by simultaneous moves in two or more focal areas beneath Tokyo has been increasing since the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute. The institute said that since the March 11 disaster, pressure on the tectonic plates beneath the city has changed and two or more focal areas may move simultaneously, resulting in a massive quake. The institute intends to continue monitoring and assess the possibility of a huge earthquake. The tectonic makeup of Tokyo and surrounding areas is complicated, with two ocean plates subducting...

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