More than one million Japanese take part in disaster drill
TOKYO (AFP) - More than one million Japanese, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, took part in a national disaster drill on Sunday as the country assessed its emergency readiness in the wake of a massive quake and tsunami in 2011.
Timed to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 which killed more than 100,000 people, the national Disaster Prevention Day has been held every year since 1960.
This year's drill saw the government simulate its response to a powerful earthquake in central to western Japan, a major natural disaster that researchers say may occur within 30 years or so.
The government estimates that a magnitude-9.1 temblor would kill over 320,000 people in the worst-case scenario.