A town in western Japan has held a drill to build temporary bridges to restore passage on the assumption that coastal roads become impassable due to a tsunami.
Nachikatsuura Town in Wakayama Prefecture is feared to be hit by 18-meter high waves in the event of a major earthquake that scientists say could occur along the Nankai Trough off Japan's Pacific coast.
In Thursday's drill, it was assumed that a bridge on a national road along the Pacific coast had been washed away by a tsunami.
Local contractors took a little more than one hour to span a makeshift bridge over a 10-meter wide waterway using steel materials.
They also practiced building a makeshift passage for emergency vehicles across a wider river, by laying down 1.5-meter diameter pipes in the water and pouring earth and sand over them.
The Land Ministry says it will store building materials in the town so that it can build a makeshift bridge within 2 days after an earthquake occurs.
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