The May 16, 2016 Tokyo Earthquake and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A few hours ago the Tokyo metropolitan region was shaken by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake. More details are here.  And here is a link to a web site that aggregates Twitter report about the Tokyo earthquake. Happily, early reports indicate the earthquake has not caused any injuries or significant property damage. According to Japanese television reports the ground shaking affected Tokyo and several prefectures surrounding Tokyo. The area affected by the shaking will likely contain every venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Also, initial reports on Japanese television indicate that numerous elevators had stopped as a result of the earthquake and people may be inside of those elevators and elevator technicians have been dispatched to assist anyone trapped in a stopped elevator.

More details about the Tokyo earthquake will be reported in the days to come. In the meantime, those desiring more information regarding earthquake safety in Japan are encouraged to read two previous posts on this blog which are linked here and here. Also, for readers curious about how close the earthquake epicenter is to any nuclear facilities in Japan early reports indicate it is close to the Tokai-mura nuclear power plant and facility which are just 77 miles from Tokyo. For more information about nuclear incident risks to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics please read this post here.

Author: Ed Shaw

I am a retired FBI Special Agent (25 years) who lived in Japan for a total of fifteen years and speaks Japanese. At two different times during my career with the FBI (first for five years and then for four years) I worked at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and represented the FBI to all Japanese law enforcement, security, and intelligence agencies. While in Japan with the FBI I handled everything from international fugitive and spy investigations to sensitive reviews of U.S. government national security issues. My assignments took me to all parts of Japan. After nine years I am well-acquainted with how Japanese law enforcement and intelligence agencies work, their objectives, their bureaucratic habits, and most importantly how they interact with their foreign counterparts. Tokyo has been selected as the site of the 2020 Olympics. Each Olympic country participating in the games will have security officials looking for the best way to assure the safety of its athletes and other countrymen visiting Tokyo. The purpose of this blog is to share with those security officials the best way to ensure the safety and security at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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