Tokyo Sees Highest Earthquake Risks in Old Town Districts (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)—The Tokyo metropolitan government released new area-by-area five-notch earthquake risk assessments on Thursday, seeing the highest danger level for 85, or 1.6%, of all areas in the Japanese capital, mainly old town districts where old wooden houses are concentrated on relatively soft ground.

The metropolitan government updated its assessments of building collapse, fire, and other risks from a major earthquake for the first time in about four and a half years.

Many of the areas with the highest danger level of 5 are located in the eastern riverside municipalities of Adachi, Arakawa, and Sumida.

The second-highest level of 4 is assigned to 287 areas, or 5.6%, and the third-highest level of 3 to 820 areas, or 15.8%.

Besides the three eastern municipalities, the bayside municipalities of Shinagawa and Ōta and the inland municipalities of Nakano and Suginami have areas with levels of 4 and 5.

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