A nationwide survey conducted by the Education Ministry in May has revealed that 2,860 public schools are at risk from tsunami damage.
Following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, the ministry ordered the survey as part of a tsunami response plan aimed at improving the safety of public schools and kindergartens across the country. The survey was carried out in May.
According to the results, approximately 7% of all public schools were in danger of being reached by a tsunami wave should it occur, TBS reported Wednesday. Of the schools considered to be in danger, 1,066 are currently studying countermeasures, while others are looking into expanding the school building into a multistory complex and or relocating the school to higher grounds.
The ministry has urged all schools within potential tsunami danger zones to ensure all teachers and students are aware of evacuation routes.© Japan Today