Fukushima to review estimated damage from future quakes, tsunami

31 August 2019

The Fukushima prefectural government is set to review estimates of damage stemming from major earthquakes with hypocenters within the prefecture or tsunami caused by offshore temblors. The three-year review will start in the current 2019 fiscal year ending next March. Based on lessons learned from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake that registered magnitude 9.0, the prefecture will raise the presumed maximum magnitude to the same level.

In estimating damage, the local government assumes three types of quakes: a temblor off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, the northeastern region of Japan, and two inland quakes -- one in the Nakadori region of central Fukushima and the other in the Aizu region in the west.

The local government will estimate the death toll, the number of injuries, collapsed buildings, severed lifeline systems and other details of damage for each of 59 cities, towns and villages in the prefecture. It will show the results of such damage estimates on a map by the end of fiscal 2021 to help strengthen each municipality's disaster management system.

(Translated by Kyodo News)