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WATCH: Japanese officials post shocking video of simulated tsunami to generate awareness

CG simulation of tsunami aims to spur awareness
WATCH ABOVE: The Japanese seaside town of Kamakura, known to be popular with tourists, has decided to raise awareness about the dangers of tsunamis by posting a computer graphics simulation of a seismic sea wave striking the ancient municipality. CREDIT: NTV/NNN/JAPAN

A Japanese seaside town, known to be popular with tourists, has decided to raise awareness about the dangers of tsunamis by posting a computer graphics simulation of a seismic sea wave striking the ancient municipality.

Local officials in Kamakura, a centre known for its temples and shrines, say five years after a catastrophic tsunami hit the northeast coast of Japan, people are becoming complacent and letting their guard down.

The simulation shows a tsunami blasting into the coastline and swamping through the gate of a well-known shrine.

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Scientists have said there is a possibility for a 14-metre tsunami to strike Kamakura and that if it did, residents would have only eight minutes to try and escape.

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Officials are asking people to have an emergency preparedness plan ready in order to seek high ground as quickly as possible if disaster strikes.

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The simulation was posted on April 6, 2016.

With files from NBC News.