What Do We Do After a Big Earthquake Strikes?




One of the good things staying in Canada is there is not much earthquakes.

Japan has millions of earthquakes every year but I rarely feel them in here.

There are, of course, earthquakes in Canada but usually far from Vancouver and some occur in the U.S.

Today I’m going to discuss what you need to do when a big earthquake strikes where you live.


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5 Important Things to Remember


The advice is based on the survivor of Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.


  1. Get Some Water

As soon as it stops shaking, get some water into a bathtub, sink or bucket.

If you live in apartment, tanks store water so you would be able to get some.

This is not for drinking or cooking but used for washroom.


After a big shake, lifeline is disrupted.

No water means you cannot flush the toilet after use.

Parks, schools, wherever you go, have no water in the washroom.

He said it was really disgusting and wished he had kept water for toilet.


So water is extremely important!


  1. Wear Shoes Even When You Are Indoors

Wear shoes as soon as it stops shaking because you might injure your feet.

If you cut your feet, for example, you cannot walk or run to escape from fire.


After a big shake, all the furniture, dishes and window glass will be on the floor.

If the earthquake happens during night, you cannot see what is on the floor.

Therefore it is significant to go grab shoes as soon as possible.


3. Turn Off a Circuit Breaker

If you ever need to go outside, or leave home temporary for an evacuation purpose, you must turn off a circuit breaker.

If you don’t turn it off, your house might get fire when electricity is back to normal.


Over 60% of fire was caused by this during Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.

People left home to get food, water and stay in school, for instance, and their house has gone due to fire.

Consequently, it is necessary to turn off the circuit breaker.




  1. Call Someone You Need

If you can make a call after earthquake, call whoever you want to inform you are safe.


When I was in Tokyo during Tohoku Earthquake in 2011, I couldn’t make a call by cell phone.

I luckily borrowed a phone from bank, and quickly called my family to inform that I was fine.


You could also try to text others but it would take longer time and they may not receive it.

When calling someone, keep it short so that other people can use phones as well.


  1. Be very Careful While Walking Outside

Some old buildings might collapse due to aftershocks.

Other objects such as windows, and signs might fall off.

Huge crack might be on the street.

Electric cable might be hanging and give you a shock.

Therefore if you are outside or if you need to go outside, pay extra attention to avoid any falling objects and accidents.


Earthquakes are horrifying, but when it strike, stay calm.



 - Natural Disaster

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