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Experts: Natural disasters threaten the Tokyo Olympics

Japanese experts said that natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons pose a threat to the Tokyo Olympics, not just the emerging corona virus (Covid-19).

Experts pointed out, according to the Japanese newspaper (Japan Times), that the “Corona” pandemic may top the risks in the Tokyo Olympics, which will start this month, but the Olympic organizers in Japan have other unpredictable deadly threats, which are natural disasters.

Experts pointed out that Japan is regularly exposed to earthquakes and hit by typhoons, warning that it is necessary not to relax in preparing for disasters before a major event such as the Olympics because of the Corona virus.

"For organizers, infection measures are an urgent challenge, but we must not forget the risks of a major earthquake when Japan hosts the Olympic Games," said Hirotada Hirose, a specialist in disaster risk studies.

He pointed out that Japan is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that extends across Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin. Japan is also home to many active volcanoes and is regularly exposed to typhoons in the season that extends from May to October, peaking in August and September.

For his part, Toshiasu Nagao, an expert in earthquake prediction studies at the Institute of Ocean Research and Development at Tokai University, stressed that the risks are real.. "The capital's exposure to a major earthquake tomorrow will not be surprising," adding that this danger is not limited to Tokyo only, but could Earthquakes happen everywhere in Japan.

Since the beginning of this year, Japan has been hit by 7 earthquakes of magnitude 6 or higher, including a 7.3-magnitude quake in February and another in March that triggered a tsunami warning.