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Tuesday, 2nd September 2008
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Almost 600k take part in Disaster Prevention Day

Nearly 600,000 people took part in activities for the annual Disaster Prevention Day, organised by the Japanese government yesterday (September 1st).

Drills took place in a number of prefectures to ensure individuals and organisations are prepared in the event of an earthquake, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports.

Kansai Airport and the Osaka prefectural government headquarters were among the larger institutions participating.

A disaster scenario was devised in which a magnitude 8.6 earthquake had taken place off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture, creating a tsunami and destroying buildings.

Among the measures taken by the Osaka government were the establishment of an emergency headquarters, satellite communications with central government and calls for relief.

Disaster Prevention Day takes place every year on September 1st.

The date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake, which hit Tokyo in 1923.