Walls along Escape Routes to Be Tested for Quake Safety

Politics Lifestyle

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan's infrastructure ministry plans to require that walls of certain lengths and heights along municipality-designated evacuation routes undergo earthquake resistance tests, according to informed sources.

The step will be taken in response to the earthquake-caused collapse of a concrete block wall that killed a nine-year-old schoolgirl in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, in June this year.

In addition to ensuring the safety of pedestrians, the earthquake resistance tests are intended to help prevent collapsed walls from causing delays in transportation and rescue activities in times of disasters.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will shortly revise a related ordinance, hoping to make the testing obligatory from January next year, the sources said.

Currently, under the law on the promotion of renovation for earthquake-resistant structures, buildings located along evacuation routes are required to undergo earthquake resistance tests, while walls along such routes are not.

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