September 5, 2012, Tokyo, Japan - A cluster of decrepit houses stand side by side along narrow allies barely wide enough for fire engines to squeeze through in the densely populated Ichiterakototoi area of Tokyo's downtown Sumida ward on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The row of apartment buildings along the Sumida River works as a fire wall in the event of disaster. In 1979, the district government led the country with its project to rebuild the areas crammed with wooden buildings to mitigate possible catastrophic fires. With only 40.7 percent of the areas made up of fire-resistant buildings

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September 5, 2012, Tokyo, Japan - A cluster of decrepit houses stand side by side along narrow allies barely wide enough for fire engines to squeeze through in the densely populated Ichiterakototoi area of Tokyo's downtown Sumida ward on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The row of apartment buildings along the Sumida River works as a fire wall in the event of disaster. In 1979, the district government led the country with its project to rebuild the areas crammed with wooden buildings to mitigate possible catastrophic fires. With only 40.7 percent of the areas made up of fire-resistant buildings
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Image ID: CKYR8P
September 5, 2012, Tokyo, Japan - A cluster of decrepit houses stand side by side along narrow allies barely wide enough for fire engines to squeeze through in the densely populated Ichiterakototoi area of Tokyo's downtown Sumida ward on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The row of apartment buildings along the Sumida River works as a fire wall in the event of disaster. In 1979, the district government led the country with its project to rebuild the areas crammed with wooden buildings to mitigate possible catastrophic fires. With only 40.7 percent of the areas made up of fire-resistant buildings and empty lots, the vast majority of the district, considered at high risk of fire and building collapse, could be burned to the ground if a catastrophic earthquake were to strike the nation's capital. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO) AYF -mis-

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