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Japan earthquakes and seismic activity

Japan is located in a high seismic activity, near three tectonic plates.

Japan experiences about 400 earthquakes every day, although the vast majority are very small and detectable only using specialist apparatus.

But every now and again, a large earthquake does occur and if you happen to be travelling in Japan at the time, or living here, it is important to know what to do.

Below Kamiyama sensei explains some basic safety measures to take in an earthquake.

In the event of an earthquake




4月14日、九州の熊本県で大きな地震がおきました。 マグニチュード6.5、震度は7でした。 マグニチュードは地震の強さ、震度は揺れの大きさのことです。

地震がおきたらどうすればいいでしょう。 建物にいるときは窓から離れて、机の下など安全な場所に隠れてください。 スーパーなどにいるときはショーケースから離れてください。 棚が倒れたりや商品が落ちてくるかもしれません。 エレベーターは使わないでください。閉じ込められることがあります 外で身を隠すものがないときはかばんなどで頭を守って、姿勢を低くしてください。 落ち着いて行動することが大事です。

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4月14日、九州(きゅうしゅう)の熊本県(くまもとけん)で大(おお)きな地震(じしん)がおきました。 マグニチュード6.5、震度(しんど)は7でした。 マグニチュードは地震(じしん)の強(つよ)さ、震度(しんど)は揺(ゆ)れの大(おお)きさのことです。

地震(じしん)がおきたらどうすればいいでしょう。 建物(たてもの)にいるときは窓(まど)から離(はな)れて、机(つくえ)の下(した)など安全(あんぜん)な場所(ばしょ)に隠(かく)れてください。 スーパーなどにいるときはショーケースから離(はな)れてください。 棚(たな)が倒(たお)れたりや商品(しょうひん)が落(お)ちてくるかもしれません。 エレベーターは使(つか)わないでください。閉(と)じ込(こ)められることがあります 外(そと)で身(み)を隠(かく)すものがないときはかばんなどで頭(あたま)を守(まも)って、姿勢(しせい)を低(ひく)くしてください。 落(お)ち着(つ)いて行動(こうどう)することが大事(だいじ)です。

In the event of an earthquake

On April 14th, there was a large earthquake in Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu. It was magnitude 6.5 and Shindo (Japanese seismic scale) 7. Magnitude measures the size of the earthquake, and the Shindo scale measures the amount of shaking.

What should you do in the event of an earthquake ? If you inside a building, move away from any windows and hide under a desk or similar safe place. If you are inside a supermarket, please move away from the showcases. Shelves can fall and various goods may also fall down. Please refrain from using elevators. There is a risk of being shut in. If you are outside and there is no where to hide, please use a bag or something to protect your head, and lower your body. It is important to keep calm in your actions.

地震(じしん)   earthquake

揺れ(ゆれ)    shake

閉じ込める(とじこめる) shut in

落ち着いて(おちついて) calmly


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