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Natural disasters

Japan's railway danger zone: 1,900 km of track face mudslide risk

Nikkei study shows 113 km on seven bullet trains fall within disaster-prone areas

Workers tend to a train that derailed after sediment covered tracks on the Geibi line in Japan's Hiroshima Prefecture in 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Transport Safety Board)   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- When the mudslide triggered by torrential rain came crashing down the hillside in Japan's coastal city of Atami this month, it made what witnesses described as a "horrible sound."

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