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What to do in the event of a major earthquake

PSA Yokohama
2020/01/15

This week's edition is on what to do in the event of a major earthquake.


Constant Preparedness

Keep a fire extinguisher in the house and take measures to prevent furniture from toppling over or falling.

Make sure that items such as valuables, food and water, and torches are stored where they can be taken with you at any time.

Decide on communication methods, evacuation sites and meeting points with your family.


If a large earthquake strikes, you should take ‘safety measures appropriate for your situation’

When in the home

Protect your head with something nearby, such as a cushion or pillow and get under something such as a sturdy table.

When Outside

Move away from things that could topple over such as vending machines and concrete block walls, and avoid buildings where objects such as signs could fall off.  Do not go near rivers or the sea as there is a danger of tsunamis.

If public transport has stopped and you cannot get home, do not move around unnecessarily. Stay at your place of work or in an evacuation shelter.


[Evacuation Shelters]

If evacuation is necessary, evacuate to a nearby school, park or safe open space.

If your house has collapsed and you cannot live in it, please evacuate to a 'Local Disaster-Prevention Shelter' in an elementary or junior high school.

For the locations of 'Local Disaster-Prevention Shelters', enquire with the General Affairs Section of your local ward office.


If the evacuation site is in danger due to fires spreading, evacuate to a regional evacuation site such as a large park or square.


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