Japan 'worst case tsunami' may reach 35-meters
If a 9.0-magnitude quake struck in the Nankai Trough off central to western
At the town of
And at the now offline Hamaoka nuclear plant in central
In its previous projection in 2003 the panel gave a worst case scenario in which no areas would be hit by a tsunami of more than 20 meters.
But the panel has upgraded its predictions in the wake of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11 last year that sent a tsunami barreling into the northeast, killing some 19,000 people and devastating the coastline.
Waves of more than 15 meters hit cities including Ishinomaki, Soma, and Ofunato.
The monster tsunami crippled cooling systems at the
The panel noted that the projection was for "the worst possible tsunami" and the "chance of its occurrence is extremely low".
It said it will continue studying the extent of areas that could be hit and submerged by a tsunami, while the government will examine its emergency disaster measures based on the latest estimation.