If you are planning to stay in Japan, there is a high chance that you will experience an earthquake. You may experience it once, twice or even more. However, do not sweat so much. Japan has experienced so much earthquakes that they’ve also become the most earthquake-ready country in the world. Here are reasons to why you should feel safe at the homeland of earthquakes.
Japanese phones are quite helpful during the time of calamities. Every smartphones is installed with an earthquake and tsunami emergency alert system. Their phones will start making an uncomfortable sound with a voice saying “jishin desu”, meaning “there is an earthquake.” The sound usually triggers five to ten seconds before the calamity itself happens to notice people. Even if your phone is in silent, this special feature will still function.
Immediate TV Coverage
Whatever shows are showing in the Japanese television, there will be a news that will notice the whole of Japan where and when an earthquake occurs. They show up five seconds after the earthquake occurs which is quite impressively timely. If the earthquake is quite big, they will instantly have a live news stating every information so as to save more people.
87% of Japan’s building is made resistant to earthquakes. They are made more flexible than buildings from other countries. During an earthquake, even if it is a weak one, the buildings will shake more than the magnitude itself. This is because these buildings are made to move along with the shock, making it sway with it. By doing so, it will prevent buildings to break.
Earthquake-ready bullet trains
As a train-dominated country, Japan will surely ensure the safety of the people riding the trains. Being the future of the train industry, Japan has invented Shinkansen, a bullet train that has made it possible to travel the whole of Japan easily. These trains are so fast that imagining yourself riding it during an earthquake is just a horror. However, in 2011, when an 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, there were 27 moving Shinkansen’s that all stopped just by feeling a small shake on the ground. It resulted to zero deaths and injuries , making it truly trustable.
Education and Awareness
Japan is the target land of earthquakes and this fact will never change. The only thing they can do is to keep on improving and educate the next generations. Since elementary grade, education about earthquakes are already held to keep awareness on how serious it is. Emergency drills are also held several times in a year to practice the children. This is no wonder why they are so ready all the time.
Flash lights, water bottles, snacks, gloves, facial masks,injury kits. These items are so important to survive. Japan knows this and so they made a kit that could prepare every household. When an earthquake strikes, just grab this kits and you are ready.
What should you do during an Earthquake??
-get under a table or a strong furniture and make sure to cover your head. If none of those are near you, cover your head with a pillow.
2.Do not go outside
-Falling debris from rooftops are one of the biggest cause of an injury. Try to avoid going outside as possible. If going outside is unavoidable, make sure to go to an open space to avoid things falling on you. Crouch down on the ground and cover your head.
3.Follow the example of the locals
-Japanese people are used to earthquakes and know where to go and what to do. Moreover, most announcements are made in Japanese and you may not be able to understand. Rely on a local and always be alert!
4.Keep in mind the high risk of a tsunami when near the coast
-When a tsunami occurs, an announcement in English will also be made. However, if you are aware of being near a coast and you felt a huge earthquake, do not wait for an announcement and go find a higher ground that will be safe.
It is true that Japan has improved and is still improving to keep themselves safe from the calamities. This has been proven by the creations they have made today. However, it is still important to remember that even though we are protected with the best equipment’s to save our lives, education and knowledge about what to do during the time of disaster is also very important.