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Magnitude 7 earthquake likely to hit Tokyo 'within next few years': Researchers

Tokyo, Tue, 24 Jan 2012 ANI

Tokyo, Jan 24(ANI): The chance of a big earthquake hitting Tokyo in the next few years is much greater than official predictions, researchers have warned.


A University of Tokyo statement warned that there is 75 percent probability that a quake of magnitude seven would hit the region in the next four years, The BBC reports.


The warning contradicts government's earlier statement that the chance of such a calamity is 70 percent in the next 30 years.


The warning comes after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan's north-eastern coast on March 11,2011.


University of Tokyo researchers relied on data from Japan's Meteorological Agency, which suggested that seismic activity had increased in the area around Tokyo.


They said, however, it is difficult to predict the casualty impact of such a quake.


Japan is located on a tectonic crossroads known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire" which is regarded as one of the world's most quake-prone countries. (ANI)


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