Thursday, 19th March 2009
In General Japan News,
Earthquake-proof buildings 'coming soon'
Buildings that can withstand even the strongest of earthquakes could be coming to a street in Japan soon, it has emerged.
A prototype steel-framed structure already stands on the grounds of the Building Research Institute in Tsurakim Ibaraki Prefecture, reports the Daily Yomiuri.
The building is the creation of a collaboration between more than 30 private sector companies - including construction firms and steelmakers - and five government departments, such as the construction and transport ministry and the cabinet office.
Masahiro Yukawa, a Takenaka spokesperson, said the construction of a building that can withstand a quake with seismic intensity of seven is being planned.
"Anyone inside such a building would experience shock waves that feel as if they only have an intensity of about five," he commented.
Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone nations in the world.
Earlier this month, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck the northern region of the country.
Written by Mike Cotgreave
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