(TOKYO) — It’s been nearly a year since a catastrophic earthquake struck Japan – but scientists say another big one could be on the way.
Researchers at the University of Tokyo say there’s a 70-percent chance of a large quake hitting the Tokyo area in the next four years. Seismic activity, they add, has already ramped up significantly.
The earthquake and tsunami last March killed nearly 20,000 people. The government worries a quake in Tokyo could be far more devastating, with 12 million people living there.
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