Earthquakes!

Earthquakes!

Written by sonicsuns

Topics: Everything, Tips

I recently applied to host a panel at AMKE next February (woot!). This led to the following facebook update:
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/That pretty much sums up the earthquake situation in Japan: it’s an afterthought.
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/Now granted, Japan is sitting on a huge fault line and it’s known for earthquakes, but it’s not that bad. Everything’s built to be earthquake-proof. My old room even had those anti-earthquake tubes:
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/(My new room doesn’t need any tubes, because everything’s bolted to the walls in the first place)
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/There’s also a cell phone earthquake warning system. I think it’s automatically activated when you buy the phone. I got a warning once; the phone made loud noises and blinked all its lights, and when I opened it there was a warning (in Japanese and English) about an earthquake. So I just lay in bed for half an hour (with my laptop) to see what would happen. Nothing happened.
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/Another time there was an actual earthquake. (This one didn’t produce a cell phone warning. Either that or the initial warning was like 8 days too early). Still, nothing scary. I could feel the room shaking a bit, so I lay down.
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/In case of an actual, dangerous earthquake, the rules are simple: Don’t let anything fall on top of you. That’s it, really. That’s the biggest danger of earthquakes in Japan. So either get to a big open space with nothing at all above you, or get to a space where there’s something sturdy above you, like a door frame. (The door frame has the added advantage of giving you something to hold on to so you don’t fall over; falling over is the second-most-dangerous-thing about earthquakes in Japan). Laying down in bed seemed safest to me, as my bed is in a loft with nothing above it. (Also, it’s impossible to fall over from that position)
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/And that’s it, really. Not much to worry about.
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/(Update: I should mention that once every few years there is a really big earthquake. In 2011 there was this, though it should be noted that this was Japan’s worst earthquake ever.)
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/Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23934380@N06/4962778208/sizes/z/in/photostream/

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