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Have You Ever Seen When Encountering An Earthquake No One Runs Away?

My experience with having earthquakes in Japan

4 min readMay 22, 2022
Photo by Maria Krasnova on Unsplash

From 2004 to 2007 I lived in Tokyo, Japan. This country has impressed me in many ways deeply, especially how the Japanese people dealt with earthquakes really knocked my socks off.

Japan is an earthquake-prone country.

There are approximately 5,000 minor earthquakes recorded in Japan per year, with more than half measured between 3.0 and 3.9. Thus, most go unnoticed by people. However, around 160 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5 or higher can shake the Japanese archipelago each year.

A Japanese friend once told me that Japan seems to be riding on the back of a giant dragon, experiencing every shake of the dragon at any time. They must be ready to cope with the coming disaster once the dragon gets angry.

As far as I have seen, the Japanese have long been accustomed to the frequent shaking.

The first time I experienced an earthquake in Japan was at the company. Our company was located on the sixth floor of a building. After the lunch break, I was sitting at my desk and about to start work. Suddenly, I felt something move. I looked around but found nothing unusual.

Then the movement became stronger. The tables, chairs in the office, and even the ceiling began to shake. An earthquake!

I stood up involuntarily and was going to get out of this building as soon as possible.

Two colleagues were standing opposite me and talking. One of them raised her head and pointed at the shaking chandelier, she cried out: “Earthquake! Earthquake!” The other colleagues also Looked up at the ceiling.

No one seemed to want to run away. For about a minute, I stood there awkwardly, hesitating to go or stay.

Mr. Honda, our head, just walked into the office. With a smile on his face, “Hehe, where’s Mr. Nakahara? Did he get under the table?

As he spoke, Mr. Honda bent down and looked under a table by the window, so everyone got excited and left their seats to seek Mr. Nakahara.



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