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Supercomputer reduces disaster risk

TOKYO -- Japan's massive tsunami roared into the city of Sendai at around 15:53 p.m. on March 11, 2011, leaving devastation in its wake. Seaside houses and farmland were inundated within minutes; more than 15,000 were killed and thousands of others injured.

     Reducing disaster risk has since become a major focus for companies. Tohoku University and Fujitsu Laboratories have jointly developed a real-time flood analysis system using Fujitsu's supercomputer, K. Its simulation model quickly calculates the estimated arrival time of tsunamis and the probability and extent of building damage. 

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