Japan Wants To Build A Backup Version Of Tokyo In Case Of Another Earthquake

japan tsunamiTokyo residents will have somewhere to go if something like this happens again.

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Tokyo is still recovering after an 8.8 earthquake triggering a massive tsunami wiped out entire portions of Japan in March. Now the Japanese government has released a plan to develop a new city — just 300 miles west of the original — in case another monster earthquake or natural disaster strikes the capital, according to Wired UK.

The site won’t only be a safe-haven for government officials. In addition to providing Parliament facilities, the standby city will also feature resorts, casinos, and parks.

According to Wired UK:

The infrastructure has been planned for a population of 50,000 residents (which we should note is some way short of Tokyo’s population of 13 million) and a workforce of 200,000 — most of whom will commute from Osaka, Japan’s second city, which the site lies to the north of.

For now, the plan is still just a concept, but the group in charge of the project has already asked for 14 million Yen ($180,000) to study the feasibility of the mammoth engineering undertaking, according to The Telegraph.

Now check out these satellite photos of the havoc wreaked by the earthquake in Japan >

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