The following Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety, produced and promoted by (California) Earthquake Country Alliance, may help you and your family prepare to survive and recover from California’s next damaging earthquake. The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency.
ECA provides information and resources to help everyone who lives, works, or travels in earthquake country get prepared to survive and recover quickly, by following the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety. Read our special report about why you should "drop, cover, and hold on" to protect yourself during earthquake shaking. Staying Safe Where the Earth Shakes, Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country, Living on Shaky Ground, and similar publications: each includes an overview of earthquake hazards, earthquake science basic information, and the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety. Historically, Japanese pagodas have been capable in countering the effects of strong tremors; in fact, hundreds of such pagodas remain standing despite dozens of high-magnitude earthquakes in Japan within the past centuries.
The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami are the testaments to the persistent threat of natural calamities in Japan, particularly those caused by earthquakes. To handle such threats, Japanese people have devised remarkable strategies in reducing, if not totally eradicating the damages brought about by earthquakes.


With thousands of seismometers spread all over Japan, JMA analyzes data and transmits information to appropriate locations when tremors are detected. In addition, some areas within California are vulnerable to tsunamis should an earthquake occur off the coast.
That was my first strong earthquake experience in Japan, and it was also a first that a voice alarm superseded the silent mode on my mobile phone.
Operators of railways, particularly the shinkansen are also alerted to apply emergency brakes to prevent any derailments during the strong earthquakes.
Japan utilizes advanced communication technology in alerting the nation about an imminent earthquake.
In addition to the shaking caused by earthquakes, other things can occur such as landslides, surface fault ruptures and liquefaction - all of which may cause injury or property damage.
At schools, offices and other workplaces, regular earthquake drills are performed to prepare citizens for an evacuation in the event of an earthquake. Before the next earthquake, get together with your family or housemates to plan now what each person will do before, during and after.


Until an ultra-sophisticated mechanism is invented to totally prevent seismic activity at the deptyh of the Earth, nobody is 100% sure to survive a strong earthquake; but while prevention is perhaps a thing of future, preparedness definitely boosts our chance of survival. Earthquakes can occur everywhere in California which means all Californians live with an earthquake risk. Once the earthquake is over, we will have to live with the risk of fire, the potential lack of utilities and basic services, and the certainty of aftershocks.
Find out if your home or business is at risk for earthquakes, tsunamis, and related hazards. Designate an out-of-area contact person who can be called by everyone in the household to relay information. It is with this occurrence that I began to understand how serious Japan is when it comes to earthquake preparedness.



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