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Japan is a country with frequent earthquakes. An earthquake can occur anywhere at any time. What should you do if there’s a major earthquake? Here are some tips.
This will protect your body from falling objects.
If there’s nothing to get under, cover your head with a cushion or magazines.
Wait until the strong shaking stops before going outside.
If you rush out in the middle, you could fall or be hit by a falling object and injure yourself.
When the shaking has calmed down, turn off any open flames such as stoves or heaters.
Stay away from open flames when the shaking is strong.
When the shaking calms down, clear a path for evacuating.
Open a window, door, or entryway.
It’s dangerous close to buildings. Window glass and signs could fall down.
It’s also dangerous close to concrete-block walls and vending machines, as these could also fall down.
Protect your head with a bag or other object and run into a building or underground.
Get under a nearby table or desk.
It’s dangerous close to cabinets and copy machines. These heavy objects could fall or hit you.
It’s also dangerous close to windows, as they could break and the glass could fall.
Run to a place where nothing is close enough to fall and hit you.
Press the buttons for all of the floors. Get off as soon as you can at the first floor where it stops.
If the doors don’t open, press the “Emergency” button to call for help.
Trains and buses may stop suddenly, so grab onto a strap or handrail.
Even if it stops, don’t rush out. Follow the staff’s instructions.
Stay away from shelves and showcases. They could fall down, or items could fall out of them.
Squat down and protect your head with a shopping basket, bag, or other item.
Don’t rush for the exits. Follow the staff’s instructions.
The slope could collapse. Run as far away as you can.
A tsunami could hit. Run to a higher elevation immediately.
When the shaking has stopped, confirm the following.
Check for information about the earthquake on TV, the radio, and the internet.
Information from the municipal office, the fire department, and the police is especially important. There could be a call for you to evacuate, which is called hinan.
This website provides the latest disaster information, such as evacuation warnings in Tokyo
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If the place where you are currently is dangerous, go to the hinanjo (evacuation area).
The hinanjo will be a nearby school or park.
If you’ve decided to evacuate (hinan), make sure to do the following first.
After a large earthquake, smaller earthquakes continue to occur. These shakes are called aftershocks (yoshin).
These aftershocks can occur at any time. When you’re outside, be careful of objects which could fall or break, and choose the widest available paths.
Also, follow these rules.
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