The Straits Times
Published on Sep 01, 2012

Japan conducts nationwide earthquake drill


TOKYO (AFP) - Japan conducted a national earthquake drill on Saturday after the government unveiled a worst case disaster scenario that warned a monster jolt in the Pacific Ocean could kill over 320,000 people.

The annual drill also came shortly after a tsunami warning was temporarily issued in Japan late on Friday following a 7.6 quake that struck off the Philippine coast - reminiscent of last year's disaster in north-eastern Japan.

Police suspended traffic at some 120 points in central Tokyo to spare lanes for emergency and military vehicles while passengers were guided to safe zones from train stations in a simulation of a post-quake scenario.

Throughout Japan, about 387,000 people were scheduled to take part in the drills.