Earthquakes, typhoons, and other natural disasters

To learn about how to prepare for the following disasters, please refer to our materials below, and familiarise yourself with the excellent content available on the Nagoya City website at http://www.city.nagoya.jp/en/page/0000013882.html.

The Nagoya City Fire Department also has an excellent publication titled “Disaster and Fire Prevention Guide – Nagoya City” which can be downloaded as a 16-page PDF document from this link. It covers various types of disasters, and includes a convenient list of important contacts.

In particular, the following things are important;

  • Evacuation
    • Knowing when to evacuate.
    • Being ready to evacuate at all times (emergency bags/supplies etc.).
    • Knowing where to evacuate to.
  • News and Information
    • Knowing how to stay up-to-date.
    • Knowing how to let authorities and people know that you are OK.
  • Emergency Procedures
    • Just about every venue, workplace, school etc. has an emergency plan in place. Know these procedures well to increase your chances of survival.

At 3:38 on the morning of January 13th, 1945 a strong, shallow earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck the Mikawa Area of Aichi Prefecture, 40 km south-east of Nagoya. It was felt as far away as Hiroshima. For 3 days after the earthquake, there were more than 30 sizeable aftershocks. The earthquake itself was considered an aftershock of the magnitude 8.0 earthquake that occurred off the southern coast of Mie just 37 days earlier. The earthquake centered just outside of modern day Nishio, killing 756 people and damaging or destroying nearly 6 out of 10 buildings in the city alone.

Geologists estimate that there is a strong possibility that a another very powerful earthquake, like the one above, will strike the Tokai Region (Gifu, Aichi, Shizuoka) in the near future. September 1st, the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, is known as Disaster Prevention Day. If you come from a part of the World where earthquakes are rare, now is a good time as any to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the BIG ONE.

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