21 Mar '11, 10am

The March 11 quake loaded stress onto the fault line near Tokyo, upping the chances of a major quake striking the city

The March 11 quake loaded stress onto the fault line near Tokyo, upping the chances of a major quake striking the city

Tokyo's Ginza shopping district is seen in this general view. Geologists said a powerful earthquake could strike near Tokyo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS JAKARTA - GEOLOGISTS say a powerful earthquake could strike near Tokyo because the recent monster that hit northeastern Japan altered the earth's surface, loading stress onto a segment of the fault line near the capital. The structure of the tectonic plates and fault lines around the city makes it unlikely that Tokyo would be hit by a quake anywhere near the intensity of March 11's magnitude-9.0 behemoth, said Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey. But given the vast population - the capital and its surroundings are home to 39 million people - any strong temblor could be devastating. 'Even if you've got, let's say, a 7.5, that would be serious,' the seismologist said. Japan is located on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanos ...

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