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How Japanese High-Speed Trains Handle Earthquakes

Short | 02:30

Imagine being on a Japanese high-speed train when an earthquake hits. This is a scenario that the Tokaido Shinkansen railway team has been planning for, for years.


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Japan's Shinkansen is a high-speed legend, a 177 MPH bullet train that has powered the country's economy and thrilled fans for over half a century. Keeping it fast, efficient, and safe is a top priority, but operating through rough terrain and bad weather across one of the most earthquake-prone places on Earth is a major challenge. Join us as we take a 320-mile journey from Tokyo to Osaka aboard this technological marvel, making pit stops along the way to uncover the secrets of the world's busiest high-speed train.

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