Japan estimated to incur 220-trillion-yen damage from Nankai quake
Jiji Press -- Mar 18
An expected huge earthquake with a magnitude of around 9.0 in the Nankai trough off Japan is forecast to cause up to 220.3 trillion yen in damage, the Cabinet Office said Monday.
The estimate, including damage to homes and office buildings as well as an expected decline in production, is 2.7 times a previous damage estimate, released in 2003, of 81 trillion yen for a less powerful temblor with a magnitude of 8.7 on the Richter scale.
The Nankai trough runs from the gulf of Suruga, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, to the sea of Hyuga, off Miyazaki Prefecture in the southwestern Japan region of Kyushu.
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