Living in Tokyo, you must be surprised by the frequently occuring earthquakes.? Most of these earthquakes are weak, at most level 3 at the Japanese earthquake scale. ?Japanese people are so used to it, that they won’t be surprised, and some are even unresponsive.
These small earthquakes aren’t very grave.? You don’t have to panic at these.? However, there are possibilities that large earthquakes would occur, causing a disaster.? It is better that you?know about earthquakes and make ready for them.
It is difficult to picture what a huge earthquake would be like from writings.? It would be easier if you?feel it.
At the Earthquake Science Museum (??育???????絖?え), you can experience earthquakes from level 2 to 7 in a mock-up of a Japanese room.? Level 7 is the maximum intensity of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, which destroyed the cities in Hyogo prefecture.? The quake is very strong – you can’t stand still, and furniture fall with a crash.
The experience might frighten you, but don’t worry.? The instructor will teach you what to prepare, and how to act in case of disastrous earthquakes.
There is a Japanese proverb, ??????????????井?????????? (if you are prepared, you don’t have to worry).? It is important to lessen worries, to lead a safe and happy life.
Earthquake Science Museum (??育???????絖?え)
Location: Nishigahara, Kita-ku
Open Hours: 9:00-16:00
Website: http://www.city.kita.tokyo.jp/misc/kanko/data/g/10.html (Jap)
2-8-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan