Posted by: voyagerguide | December 1, 2007

How do the Japanese feel about earthqukes?

I live in the center of Japan. Averagely in a year I experienced two or three earthquakes which are sufficiently strong to be generally noticeable. When the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which killed more than 6,000 people in January 1995, I live in the place 50 km from the hypocenter. I didn’t got injuried but I was scared and couldn’t stop shaking. Like this the Japanese people are used to earthquake from the ancient times but it isn’t true that they can shrug off earthquakes. In reality the emergency earthquake warning system has lauched these days. This system enable us to be ready for a large earthquake, for this warning is released ten ro twenty minutes before a large earthquake occures. I don’t know the details of this system. The Lauching of the system points that the Japanese fear a looming earthquake.   

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