4 Things to Keep in Mind During an Earthquake

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  • In Japan, almost every week, there is a small earthquake. Most of them go unnoticed and usually there is no panic associated as Japanese are used to such tremors from immemorial times. Japan is an archipelago formed out of volcanic activity and is situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire. That is why one can feel tremors now and then in Japan. Rarely, you will feel a big one. However, if you find yourself during earth shake, follow the below steps to protect yourself.

    1. Stay away from Windows or Glass ceilings

    The first things to break in a building due to pressure are glass objects. So, stay away from windows, flower vases, glass walls or tube lights. It’s better to go to the corner of the room.

    2. Look for shelter or an open area

    When it gets shaky, you should get down on your knees and go under a table or some cover to protect your head. Our head is really sensitive compared to our other body parts and it’s important to cover your head with your hands as well even though you have found a shelter. When you are outside, you should run to a clean area without any power lines, trees, buildings or vehicles. In case of Tsunami alert, you should run to some elevation above sea level.

    3. Do not be over smart

    Generally people tend to help others forgetting their position. Unless you have a small kid, it’s better to look after yourself instead of being a superman. Many people get hurt this way helping others albeit appreciated. Not being pure evil, you have to understand that everyone who is living in an earthquake-prone area knows some basic preparedness steps just as you do or may be better than you do.

    4. Be prepared

    You have to be prepared like getting insurance beforehand or having emergency contacts on speed dial etc. You should also be prepared to live without food or water for a day or two. Also, you should be patient towards Police and others who try to help you. Moreover, you should learn some basic survival phrases in Japanese like “Taskete-o-kudasai (Help Please)” and so on.