Tokyo Disneyland’s parking falling apart and sinking

The district surrounding Tokyo Disneyland may have to reinforce reclaimed land housing 96,000 people after the earthquake off Tohoku turned the ground to mud, snapping utility pipes and tipping over buildings.

The quake triggered ground liquefaction — which causes soil to act like quicksand — across much of the 1,455 hectares of reclaimed land in the city of Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, said Kazuhisa Nakatani, a local government spokesman.

Some of Disneyland’s parking lot was also affected, trapping as many as 30 cars. The park’s main areas didn’t suffer as they sit on 15-meter-deep reinforced foundations.

"There’s no question the earthquake damaged the area more than expected," said Yasuhiko Hino, the head of urban disaster prevention projects at the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. Houses in the suburban district were most affected because they lack the concrete pilings that protected high-rise buildings, he said.

Read the rest of the story: Tokyo Disneyland’s parking lot shows the risk of reclaimed land.

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