Simple Earthquake Guidelines for Travelers

earthquake possibiHistorically, geographically, Kyoto is the safe from earthquake, The whole of Japan sits on an extremely active part of the earth’s crust and the Kyoto area is no exception.

As a visitor to Japan, you should know what to do in the event of a earthquake and we have provided some basic guidelines below… I hope you will never apply this.

When you feel a tremor…

  • If you are inside, try to open windows or doors to ensure you have a clear exit when the tremor stops.
  • If you are outside, try to find an open space away from potential falling glass, walls or trees – best options are public parks or school playground areas.
  • Know where your fire extinguishers are so that you can quickly put out any fires that start. No extinguisher? Try and douse any small fires with blankets.
  • Try to get into a space that will protect you from falling objects. If you are sat at a desk then get under it.
  • Do not get in a lift/elevator. Always use emergency exit stairs.
  • Turn off any gas mains and electrical circuit breakers.
  • If you are outside, protect your head in any way that you can. If you are carrying a handbag, anything that will provide some cushion from falling objects, put it on your head.
  • If you are near the sea or large bodies of water, move to higher ground in case of tsunami.
  • If you are in a hotel or apartment, if you have the opportunity, run a bath of water. This may prove essential after the event.


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