地震編 for foreigners If an Earthquake StrikesIf an Earthquake Strikes
Japan is well-known for its earthquakes. Do you know how to protect yourself when the earthquakes occur?
In the illustrated example below, you can see the Japanese earthquake scale - level 1:weak to level 7:devastation.
If An Earthquake Strikes While You're At Home
Protect yourself during a big earthquake in Japan!
Stay away from windows and everything that might fall.
Crawling under a table or heavy furniture.
It is not necessary to hurry up and turn off the gas.
In Japan if an earthquake with a seismic intensity of 5 or greater hits, the gas stoves are turned off automatically by the gas town system. So wait in your safe place until the shaking stops.
If An Earthquake Strikes While You're Outdoors
An earthquake can cause falling objects, flying glass, and collapsing walls, so cover your head and stay away from buildings and danger zones.
If An Earthquake Strikes While You're In A Tall Building
It is too dangerous to evacuate immediately from a tall building. You’re definitely safer to stay inside and cover your head to protect yourself from falling objects. Stay away from the windows and big cabinets.
Do Not use elevators as the power for elevators may go. Keep calm and don’t panic! So you can stay safe during an earthquake.
If An Earthquake Strikes While You're in Elevator or on Escalator
- If you are in an elevator, hit the button for every floor and get out as soon as you can. In the worst case, if the elevator is falling, use the emergency call button or interphone to contact outside and wait for rescue.
- When the button or interphone doesn’t work, call the fire department directly.
- 119 - in Japan is a direct-dial emergency number that connects the caller to the fire brigade and emergency medical services.
- During an earthquake, if the escalator stops abruptly, it can result in the escalator crushing down. So grasp the handrail and get off the escalator.
Never use the elevator or escalator to escape during earthquake!
If An Earthquake Strikes While You're In An underground shopping center
- First of all keep away from windows or signboards. Try to shield your head with your bag from the things that may fall.
Walk along the wall toward the nearby exit. If the exit is too crowded, move further to the less crowded exit.
If An Earthquake Strikes While You're In A Train
- Shield your head with your bag. Do Not Get Off the Train!
If you are sitting, hold your bag tightly. If you are standing, tightly hold on to any bars or straps overhead.
If an Earthquake Strikes While You're in a Supermarket or Convenience Store
- Stay away from shelves and protect your head from falling objects. The most dangerous place is near the entrance and exit glass doors of the supermarket or convenience store. Do not go near there.
If you can’t go out immediately, it is a safe place under the cashier counter table. Once the shaking has stopped and it is safe to move, evacuate the danger zone.