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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — U.S. military personnel have participated for the first time in an annual Japanese exercise designed to prepare for a major earthquake in Tokyo.
The Japanese capital, home to some of America’s largest overseas bases, has a 70 percent chance of experiencing a severe quake in the next four years, experts say. Last year’s 9.0 magnitude shock to the north caused a massive tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant also was damaged.
Last week, U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines joined 5,000 Japanese soldiers, police, firefighters and local government officials in a weeklong exercise designed to test their ability to get rescuers, food and water to survivors of an 8.2-magnitude earthquake centered in Tokyo Bay.
U.S. Army Capt. William Wilson, 26, of Denver — an environmental scientist who collected samples of soil, air and water to test for toxins during Operation Tomodachi, last year’s disaster response effort — said personnel involved in the latest exercise were well aware that they were training for a real-world mission.
A large earthquake in Tokyo “is probably going to happen,” he said.
Originally posted by snarky412
we are all affected in one way or another.