03 Feb '12, 4pm

Earthquake evacuation drill held in Tokyo

Earthquake evacuation drill held in Tokyo

TOKYO : A major quake in Japan last March left many stranded when public transport came to a standstill. To better prepare for such a situation, the Japanese capital Tokyo held a massive drill on Friday, focusing on commuters. The large scale drill simulated a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hitting the north of Tokyo Bay. Commuters on train platforms were led out and told to wait. Staff announced they were confirming road conditions around the station, and reminded passengers that trains were not running. Blankets, bottled water and canned bread were handed out. Shinjuku train station is regarded as the busiest train station in Japan, and with 1.5 million commuters daily, is perhaps the busiest in the world. On March 11, after the massive earthquake, there were many people stranded in the area. Shinjuku's station master, Shinya Yoshizaka, recalls that moment. He said: "There wer...

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