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July 17, 2005

Uh oh...this can't be good news

This story has been gathered a lot of attention in Tokyo and with good reason. It seems that the deadly fault line under Tokyo is up to 17km shallower than previously expected. In short:

"A shallower earthquake source fault means that shaking in the event of a quake will be stronger," said Hiroshi Sato, a geology professor at the Earthquake Research Institute who led the study. "So estimates of anticipated damage in the metropolitan area should be reviewed."

In a way, I am glad that the story came out this week. In my very unscientific opinion it would be too much of a conicidence that the major earthquake expected to hit Tokyo would come so soon on the heels of a news story like this. That is also why I keep writing about earthquakes here. I am doing my part to keep Tokyo safe.

Posted by Kirk on July 17, 2005 08:04 PM