7 Things You Must Know About Earthquake in Japan

7 Things You Must Know About Earthquake in Japan

In 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquakes hit Japan, devastating many cities and people. Just recently, another earthquake hit the south of Japan. If you decided to live in Japan, earthquakes are inevitable. They are very scary, but there are many survival techniques that Japanese people keep telling their children. Today I will tell you 7 things that you should keep in mind when an earthquake happens during your stay in Japan.



 

7 Things You Must Know About Earthquake in Japan

 

1. How often earthquakes happen in Japan?

There is no place in Japan that is safe from earthquakes. Based on the data of the Japanese National Weather Service, there were 4800 earthquakes a year from 2001-2011. That seems like a huge number, but in fact, most of them are so small that we hardly noticed. However, there are several earthquakes throughout year that we notice moving.

 

2. How can you prepare for an earthquake?

After experiencing several great earthquakes, most Japanese people prepare survival kit at home. You, too, should keep a survival kit containing flash light, radio, first aid kit, and enough food and water that can last two or three days. Mobile phone charger, extra batteries and baby wipers can also be useful. If you have an apartment in Japan, it is strongly recommended to fix the furnitures to the walls, so that they don’t easily fall down.

 

3. How can you get information after an earthquake?

When an earthquake hit, everything goes down including electricity. Therefore it is crucial to have a portable radio to obtain information. During the last Great Earthquakes in 2011, people also obtained information via Twitter using their Smartphone. There are in fact a Twitter account for getting earthquake information in English (https://twitter.com/JapanQuakeAlert).

 

4. How do you know how big are earthquakes?

The strength of earthquake is measured by “shindo” which translates into how strong it moves in given location. Shindo 1 is the weakest; you will hardly feel it move. From Shindo 2 to 4, it is noticeable but things won’t fall down from the shelves. From Shindo 5 and higher, watch out of things falling down from the shelves, including glasses and heavy things.

 

5. How to find your family again?

When the earthquake hit, people start to call their family and friends to know if they are safe. That’s why you can expect not to be able to reach them by phone. However some earthquake survivors have said that the connexion still works during the 30 min after earthquake. Otherwise, you should talk to your family member where to find each other in case of earthquakes.

 

6. Check the designated evacuation area in your neighborhood

If you live in Japan, it is important to check the designated evacuation area in your neighborhood. You can check it on the internet (For Tokyo, check http://www.bousai.metro.tokyo.jp/foreign/english/index.html). You should also check how to get there.

 

7. What to do when an earthquake happens?

When you feel the ground moving strongly, go under a table to protect your body. And do not panic! If you are cooking turn off the heat and open a window or a door for later evacuation, if you can. However, you shouldn’t go outside during an earthquake. It is actually safer to stay inside the house. Many earthquake survivors have found useful to stock water in your bathtub or in your sink, so that you can clean your body. When you evacuate your house, make sure to turn down the circuit breaker. In fact, many fires are caused by knocked down electronic appliances, such as heater, when the electricity comes back. If you happen to be outside when an earthquake hit, try staying away from the buildings while protecting your head.

 

Conclusion

If you want to live in Japan, earthquakes are inevitable. There is always a risk of big earthquakes occurring anywhere in Japan. However, there are so many things you can do before to prepare yourself, like many Japanese people!

 

7 Things You Must Know About Earthquake in Japan

1. How often earthquakes happen in Japan?
2. How can you prepare for an earthquake?
3. How can you get information after an earthquake?
4. How do you know how big are earthquakes?
5. How to find your family again?
6. Check the designated evacuation area in your neighborhood
7. What to do when an earthquake happens?