The scientists in Japan have warned officials that a mega-earthquake triggering a massive Tsunami may hit Japan at any time in the next three decades. According to these experts, the megaquake will be much stronger than the 9.1 jolt which resulted in the death of more than 15,000 people in 2011. As an aftermath of that massive quake, the Fukushima nuclear power reactor was totally damaged, and the level seven meltdown negatively affected thousands of residents in the area.
"We are hoping this report will help local municipal governments to make necessary preparations and raise households' awareness of disaster risk," said Yoshimasa Hayashi, the Japanese science and technology minister, soon after the warning was issued by seismologists.
The earthquake predictions were made by Tokyo's Earthquake Research Committee. According to seismologists in the earthquake research committee, there is a 70 percent chance of an earthquake measuring 8 to 8.6 hitting the Eastern coastline of Japan within the next three decades. The researchers also added that the likelihood of a mammoth quake above 9.1 in Richter scale is as high as 40 percent.
According to these experts, if such an earthquake happens, a giant Tsunami will be triggered off the coast of Hokkaido, where Japan's Tomari and Higa Shidori nuclear plants are located in this area, and if a Tsunami hits this place, it will bring about massive loss of lives.
During the study, researchers found that Japan's eastern coastline is prone to massive earthquakes on a cycle lasting between 340 to 380 years. The researchers added that the end of this cycle has already been exceeded which indicates that a massive megaquake is imminent.
In the midst of this warning, political parties in Japan have urged the government to beef up the disaster preparations to combat the possible damage.