Many earthquakes occur in Japan.
A big earthquake could happen in Shizuoka Prefecture at any time.
Please always be well prepared for the event of an earthquake.
What to do when an earthquake occurs
We cannot predict when or where an earthquake will happen.
In the event of an earthquake, please remain calm.
- A large tremor can last for up to 3~4minutes. Do not rush outside in a panic, as it is dangerous
- in the event of an earthquake, your own safety is of the utmost importance.
- There will be several aftershocks, after a big earthquake
- If you live in an area near the coast, with the possibility of tsunamis occurring, please evacuate to higher ground right away.
- If you need to evacuate your home, please leave a written note of where you have gone.This way, anyone who comes searching for you, will know where you have gone and beable to contact you.
- DO NOT USE FIRE
- PLEASE LISTEN TO THE OFFICIAL BROADCASTS OF CORRECT INFORMATION, ON THE TELEVISION OR RADIO
- PLEASE BE WARY OF FALSE INFORMATION(RUMOURS)
Depending on your location in the event of an earthquake
Course of action to take
Inside a building
Take shelter under a table, and stay there until the earthquake ceases.
Turn off the stove and any other gas or fire appliances.
Open any doors leading outside.
In the event of going outside, be aware of any falling objects.
Listen for information on the radio.
Walk to your nearest evacuation centre.
Inside an elevator
Press the buttons for all floors.
Press the buttons for all floors.
In the event of the elevator doors not opening,press the emergency call button.
Be aware of any falling signboards or glass. Watch your head.
Please enter the nearest building.
Slowly park your vehicle on the left side of the road.
Leave your keys in the ignition and the car doors unlocked.Get out of your vehicle and evacuate to the nearest safe place.
Disaster Message Board
In the event of a big earthquake, it is often difficult to get a telephone connection.
In this event, please use the disaster message board.
You can use this via your home telephone,mobile phone or smart phone.
The method for leaving a message will depend on your telephone company.
Please check how to use the disaster message board, with your family members, in advance of an earthquake occurring.
Disaster Message Dialling Service 1711
You can leave a message of up to 30 seconds, per message,
to let your family members in other areas know that you are safe.
Your family members will be able to hear the message afterwards.
There is a fee for dialling this service.
When dialling this service from a mobile phone, please dial your home telephone number at the end.
please dial your home telephone number at the end.
One cannot use a mobile telephone number with this service.
Leaving a message: 171-1-0××‐×××‐××××(×your home telephone number)
To listen to a recorded message 171-2-0××‐×××‐××××(×your home telephone number)
After earthquakes, tsunamis often occur
In some cases, tsunamis can occur within a few minutes.
If you are near the sea when an earthquake occurs, evacuate to high ground right away.
Tsunamis will occur several times.
Do not go near any coastal areas for twelve hours after an earthquake occurs.
If you live near the coast, note where the tall buildings in your vicinity are on a regular basis.
You will be able to evacuate to those buildings quickly, in the event of a tsunami
Typhoons often occur in Japan, between June and November
Typhoons cause severe rainfall and gales, with the hazard of flying objects.
When a typhoon is approaching, tidal waves can suddenly occur at any time, even though the sky is clear.
When a typhoon with heavy rain occurs, rivers can over flood, reaching roads and housing.。
Landslides can also occur, making mountain roads are very dangerous.
Listen to the weather reports carefully.Being able to make quick preparations is very important.
In particular, being near the coast during a typhoon is very dangerous.
In the event of a typhoon, stop all fishing, boating, swimming and any other water related activities.Do not go near the sea.
Trains and Shinkansen services may also be delayed or cancelled
In advance of a typhoon:
- Any bicycles or other such items outside your home, may get blown away. Bring all outdoor items, indoors.
- Firmly close and secure the shutters on all windows.。
Preparation for Disasters (earthquake・typhoon)
Confirm your nearest evacuation site
In the event of feeling unsafe during an earthquake or typhoon, go to your nearest evacuation site (hinanjo).
Regularly confirm the location of the nearest evacuation sit from your homee, with your family
In the event of an earthquake or typhoon occurring, please go to the nearest evacuation site to you, at that time.。
Schools and community centres are also evacuation sites.
Please cooperate with others, whilst at an evacuation site.
Please decide how to contact your family members beforehand with the members of your family, in case family members are evacuated to different sites.
Caution in the home
When an earthquake occurs, refrigerators and other large, heavy objects can fall and obstruct exit routes.
One can also be injured by falling objects and broken glass.
Please secure any large objects in your home, beforehand.
Do not place things in high places.
Do not place any large objects near your sleeping area.
大きな 地震が おきる ときは、 電気や 水を つかうことが できなくなります。 3日間 生活できる 水や たべもの、 必要な ものを いつも 家に 用意しておいてください。
Please exchange help with the people living in your area, in the event of a big earthquake or typhoon.
You should find out who your neighbours and neighbourhood association leader are and introduce yourself to them, beforehand.
Disaster drills for earthquakes and typhoons are sometimes held in neighbourhood areas. Please attend these drills.
Disaster drills practice and prepare for the following
- Confirmation of evacuation routes and sites
- How to use fire extinguishers
- How to care for injured people
- Preparation of emergency provisions such as food.
Disaster drills with interpreters for foreigners, are also available.
Please enquire at city hall or the internationally relations association.
Shizuoka Prefecture and many cities, towns and international associations, have foreign language notices for foreigners, in the event of an earthquake or typhoon.
There are also notices on the prefectural and city SNS (Facebook and Twitter). Please join these SNS, inorder to receive information.Shizuoka Prefecture Multicultural Affairs Division
Shizuoka Prefecture Multicultural Affairs Division(Portuguese, English,Tagalog)
Hamamatsu International Relations Association (public) Disaster prevention appli “Jishin SOS HICE"
One can see the map locations of evacuation sites and hospitals, and find out the necessary Japanese phrases to use in the event of an earthquake or typhoon.English and Portuguese available. (Service available for iPhones)
Shizuoka Prefecture Earthquake Disaster Prevention Centre
One can learn about earthquakes through experiencing the strength of earthquakes, practicing extinguishing fires and learning about tsunamis by film, at the centre.
One can also learn about the the necessary preparations and provisions for earthquakes and typhoons.
The centre welcomes children and adults.
Address: Komagatadori 5chome 9-1, Aoi ward, Shizuoka City
Opening times: 9:00am~16:00pm
Closed: Mondays, year end~new year