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July 07, 2009

It's dangerous to be at school during an earthquake

earthquake.jpegAccording to a Ministry of Education report, over 7,300 public school buildings around Japan have a high risk of collapsing during an earthquake. Over 40,000 elementary and junior high schools would probably partially collapse. This means that if there was an earthquake it would not be a good idea to be in 1/3 of the elementary and junior high schools around Japan.

The Japan Times commented: 'Considering the number of hours that Japanese students spend in schools — such as high schools and cram schools — not even included in the survey, full, immediate inspections with public disclosures of results are way past due. The government's budget for improving quake resistance in public school buildings was increased last year to ¥264 billion. Yet, foot-dragging on inspections, safety enforcement and construction improvements will lead only to another tragedy of the kind we have already seen in the past.'

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