If you live in Japan, you are bound to experience an earthquake sooner or later. This might be something new for you and if it is a significant one, it can feel frightening at times. You will never be fully prepared, but becoming familiar with them might help you feel better about them.
Japan has earthquakes on a daily basis, with many being so small, that they may go unnoticed. The more noticeable earthquakes usually occur once every three months. The total number of quakes per year in Japan might surprise you: the Japanese archipelago gets an average of 1000 earthquakes a year, that is 2-3 quakes a day. You might even have one the very moment you are reading this article!
Panicking will not help you, but getting informed and accepting the possibility of having one is the best you can do. You might be lucky, though, and many earthquakes, even if they are larger ones, are not felt if you are outside or on the train. Being in a building, especially on a higher floor increases the chance of feeling one. Very big and dangerous earthquakes are very rare and do not happen often. Although the large Tohoku earthquake in March 2011 was not felt in the whole country, its aftermath was immense.
The smaller frequent quakes will not have a huge impact on your daily life. They may delay a train for around five minutes, as trains usually stop during an earthquake to run a quick check to ensure it is safe enough to continue operating. Some elevators may stop operating too, but again, this is usually only for a short time for safety checks. At times, things may fall down at your home but unless you are running a porcelain store, there is nothing to worry about. There are several ways to earthquake-proof your home!