Hi ! This is from Seisho High School in Japan.
Do you know about EARTHQUAKES? Have you ever experienced one?
If you haven’t yet, you have been quitelucky so far. Here, in Japan, we have a lotof earthquakes every year. Most of themare small, but we have big ones once in awhile. In a big earthquake, even heavyfurniture, such as cupboards, refrigerators,wardrobes and TV sets, jumps up and down to attack you. Buildings themselvessometimes fall down. Nearly five thousand people were crushed to death in the GreatHanshin Earthquake in Japan in 1995.Japanese people have been forced to get ready for earthquakes. We, Seisho HighSchool students, studied about
Ways to survive in natural disasters
for some years.Here we will show you some of them
in the form of Questions and Answers.We hope you won’t have a big earthquake, but you should be prepared against it.
What should we do before an earthquake?
You have four important things to do:1. Check where and how your furniture is placed and* clear as much space as possible for your safety.* replace heavy furniture on the floor.* fix heavy furniture firmly to the wall or floor.In addition, you should also take care of such things as* hard things by your bedside
they can injure you in bed at night.* too many things on the veranda
it can be your evacuation route.* a vase on the TV
the water in the vase will pour and cause a shortcircuit, then a fire.2. Check around your house and* repair the stone ( or concrete block ) wall, the gatepost, roof tiles and so on
they can fall on you.* find an evacuation route
imagine that utility poles can fall down, riverbanks break, tunnels break down and so on.