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Earthquake preparedness in Tokyo

Below are some information about training and precautions regarding earthquakes in Tokyo.

1.    Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Disaster Prevention Website: It offers very comprehensive information to the residents of Tokyo in English language. One can also follow their Japanese language tweet also.


2.     Tokyo Metropolitan Disaster Prevention Map: This is very interactive map and please explore it yourself to get more awareness about nearby important facilities in case of a disaster.


3.    More comprehensive WARD LEVEL information can be obtained from here:


4.    In case of a large-scale disaster, Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park acts as a central base of operations for disaster prevention in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area that houses emergency response facilities including local disaster management headquarters, as well as institutions that compile disaster-related information and coordinate emergency disaster measures. This park also has excellent ‘Learning Center’ and ‘Earthquake Simulation Facility’. This facility gives a wonderful tour of “how one can prepare for 72 hours following a large earthquake”. Please find more information here:


5.     The Government is also advising people to NOT to rush to their home immediately after a large disaster. It also suggests employers to sockpile three days worth of water and food for your employees. See the ordinance here:


6.    Disaster Prevention Information page:  has lot of interesting resources for everyone in the family. Please explore.


7.    Metropolitan Police Department also provides comprehensive information for family safety. Please download and read it carefully:


8.    Preparing a earthquake kit is highly advised for every household. More info on what should be in that kit is here: and


9.    TMG (Tokyo Metropolitan Government) Disaster Prevention Management Department can be reached at TEL:03-5388-2485. This department is willing todistribute the leaflet widely to foreign community. Their officials can also  give a talk in large community gatherings (such a Deepawali Get-Together).


10. It is highly advised to pay a visit to nearby Ward-Office and obtain a copy of ‘Hazard Map’ of your neighborhood/residential zone. Although, this map will be in Japanese, it contains crucial local level information and it is good to understand it with the help of a bilingual friend.


11. The Tokyo Northern Disaster Research Center has an earthquake simulator that you can experience free of charge. They'll simulate a series of small quakes, ranging from 2 to 8 on the Japanese scale.

The simulator can also let you experience the exact magnitude and duration of the 1923 Kanto Earthquake and the 1995 Kobe Earthquake. The Center also has a simulator showing how to escape from a smoke-clogged hotel fire and offers demonstrations on the proper use of fire extinguishers. While all the demonstrations are in Japanese only, even kids can follow along without much trouble.

 Science of Museum of Earthquake North Tokyo (Nishigahara Metro station) Take the Namboku Subway line to Nishigahara Station, about 30 minutes from central Tokyo.The Center is about a five minute walk from the subway station, just past the gigantic Tokyo Hospital and the local fire station.

For more information call 03-3940-1811 (Japanese only). Next door to the Center is a nice park, with climbing stuff, a big slide, a fake waterfall and big rocks to jump around on, all free. Across the street is a convenience store, so see the earthquake center, buy lunch at the store and let the kids run around the park while you enjoy a picnic.


12. Ikebukuro Safety Center offers similar safety programs to Tokyo residents both in Japanese and in English. They have English video and some staff speak English. One can make an appointment and take a 1 1/2 hours session to go over earthquake simulation, smoke and fire simulation. Please call or fax to make an appointment. Also, please be sure to ask for English films.
 Tokyo Earthquake Simulation Center: Ikebukuro Bosai-kan, (5 minute walk from the west exit of Ikebukuro station); closed Tuesdays and every 3rd Monday of the month; Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.+81 (0)9 3590 6565. Admission is free. 
Japanese  Web URL
 Access: Across Metropolitan Hotel, a few minutes from JR Ikebukuro South Exit)
English information about earthquake


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