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    Earthquakes occur daily all over the world. Most the time you can just sit them out or ignore them. If items start getting knocked off shelves and the light fittings are swaying around you should get underneath a sturdy table. If furniture starts moving or you are worried the building isn't up to code and its safe to move then get outside and away from any power lines. I've been in quakes at home, Taiwan and Japan. As long as you keep your cool you'll be fine.

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    Also, if you experience one that is big enough to put you in danger, you'll get all kinds of sirens, alerts, and announcements. If there's a tsunami coming, you'll know, and probably have plenty of time to get to safety, provided you don't ignore the warnings.
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    This makes me feel a lot better, but I still think I'll shit my pants when I feel one for the first time haha. I guess midwest is a pretty rough place to live when tornado sirens go off like every other day during the spring/summer (I'm literally only like 30mi out of tornado alley range, so I guess I'm lucky...). Still storms are pretty bad here and do some damage reasonably often, so thinking about it with that in mind, I'll be ok.

    I think it's more the POTENTIAL for it to be so devastating that's so freaky to me. Yeah tornadoes and storms can be bad and really really destructive, bad a 9.0 quake is just on a whole other level, rare as they are.
    My apartment survived a 9.0 quake, as did everyone living in my town. There were 23 serious injuries in my town, mostly from people having stuff fall on them. No major structural collapses, although a good number of buildings were made uninhabitable/dangerous and knocked down eventually. Typhoons scare me more than earthquakes. My neighborhood association made flyers, flags, and bags for emergencies. The flag is for hanging on the door, and says a number of things, but it's a 'everybody here is safe/accounted for and evacuated.' The flyer is a reminder to turn off the gas, fill a bathtub, leave doors open, don't run outside, stay away from exterior retaining walls etc. And the bag contains a list of things that should be put in and replaced (and how often) to maintain several days worth of basic supplies in case a major quake knocks out gas/water/power for a week or two like 3/11. You can find versions of that online.

    Mostly you'll get earthquakes you can hear (the rumble) or a tiny lurch. Iwate/Fukushima/Miyagi gets a couple Shindo 1 quakes a week. If that. There isn't really any place in Japan that doesn't experience quakes, but it's all on a matter of time. I've experience a couple Shindo 5 strong quakes. But once you get used to 'this is an earthquake, I need to do X' they aren't as scary.

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    Small world. My first earthquake was in central Oklahoma, of all places. I never saw a tornado (thankfully), but yeah sure earthquake why not, haha.

    I was still surprised when one finally happened in Japan - thought I was having vertigo. I've had two experiences with earthquakes since getting here in July (that I was awake for anyway), both in the office. They equated to casual indifference and the other that actually got an announcement and the tv turned on for about 10 minutes. For me, it was reassuring when there wasn't a big deal made of it. I know they'll flip into high gear if it's something serious. My prefecture orientation also had a great talk on earthquake safety, so I feel okay at home. Just prep that emergency bag and try not to worry until you're sure that the Earth hates you!

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    I've got nothing worse than a three, and I'm pretty sure that was over reported. Maybe 3 seconds of shaking. This was preceded by everybody's phones screaming at slightly different intervals, and me frantically trying to make mine stop making noise, which is probably not a great instinct. Everyone at worked stopped what they were doing and rushed to turn on the news. At the time that seemed unnecessary given how weak it was, but my mind was still working through what was going on.

    I've had a few other barely perceptible shifts happen.

    I have basically nothing in the way of preparation, aside from a 2 liter if water and an emergency ¥10000 stashed away. I should do something about that, but I have a fairly cavalier attitude toward natural disasters from living in a part of Florida that never gets hit by hurricanes.

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    Got an earthquake at Tokyo Orientation the year I came, gently shook the hotel but nothing more.

    Since then they've been pretty infrequent. Sirens went off once bur never had stuff fall out the shelves.

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    Really, I think when you go to prefectural orientation, your PA's will inform you how prepared for earthquakes you need to be.

    People are speculating "the big one," aka the nankai, is going to hit within the next 50 years and cause a lot of damage. I think the guesstimate for how likely it is to hit in the next ten years is 20%?

    Regardless, that's probably the biggest thing you'll need to worry about, and how much you have to worry will depend on your prefecture. The prefecture I'm in is probably going to be one of the biggest ones hit (southern Shikoku + poor transportation/infrastructure), so our PAs go over emergency procedures to great length. The area I'm in has something like <5 minutes between the quake and tsunami, but this is not the norm. It is very much not the norm. Most people I've talked to in other prefectures have barely touched on the quake.

    If it's something you need to be concerned about, your PAs will let you know.

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    Get them here in Tohoku every week. Usually ones big enough to feel are about once a month. The scariest one I personally experienced was last July but that was more because I was sleeping and was really incoherent at the time.

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    Speaking of preparedness, I think it might be worth considering keeping your emergency bag, or at least SOME supplies in the trunk of your car (if you have one). That way you KNOW its just always there and its one less thing you have to think about if you suddenly need to book it from your place.
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    I live for the moment and don't care about emergency bags. If the world is gonna end, I'm the first one goin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotech View Post
    I live for the moment and don't care about emergency bags. If the world is gonna end, I'm the first one goin!
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    Pretty much. I mean I just got an emergency announcement that there'S volcanic activity near by and I was all like... well it was a good run
    Quote Originally Posted by Cytrix View Post
    Organising anything with ALTs is like herding cats on catnip

    Quote Originally Posted by Antonath View Post
    We Jeeperneez are express all emotion through money. Wedding is happy money. Funeral is sad money. Izakaya is friendship money. Girl-bar is almost-sex money. But babby-borning is bery happy money, as no babby in Japan. All babby is special so we is givings much money as presento for babby.

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    Bye Giz, can I have your porn collection when you die?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    Wow, OK.
    Yeah, assbutt, you really jumped the line. Everyone knows that Jiggit gets first dibs on the pornography of the deceased.
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    But what if we reverse the polarity of the quantum string theory? According to uncertainty principle there are infinite worlds out there, so it stands to reason schrodinger's cat is alive in one of them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by uthinkimlost? View Post
    Yeah, assbutt, you really jumped the line. Everyone knows that Jiggit gets first dibs on the pornography of the deceased.
    Oh dude, I'm glad you told me. The esoteric knowledge of who gets the wank material of someone's estate is truly arcane knowledge. I'm glad there is a sempai to help out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uthinkimlost? View Post
    Yeah, assbutt, you really jumped the line. Everyone knows that Jiggit gets first dibs on the pornography of the deceased.
    I thought I beat Jiggit to the punch though... I didn't realize it was an established rule.

    Fine, I got nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ananasboat View Post
    I thought I beat Jiggit to the punch though... I didn't realize it was an established rule.

    Fine, I got nothing.
    No one dips into Jigga's personal ink well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny View Post
    Oh dude, I'm glad you told me. The esoteric knowledge of who gets the wank material of someone's estate is truly arcane knowledge. I'm glad there is a sempai to help out.
    I hear he's watching your maple syrup folder very closely.
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    But what if we reverse the polarity of the quantum string theory? According to uncertainty principle there are infinite worlds out there, so it stands to reason schrodinger's cat is alive in one of them.


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    I tell no lies, there is no porn on my computer.
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    Organising anything with ALTs is like herding cats on catnip

    Quote Originally Posted by Antonath View Post
    We Jeeperneez are express all emotion through money. Wedding is happy money. Funeral is sad money. Izakaya is friendship money. Girl-bar is almost-sex money. But babby-borning is bery happy money, as no babby in Japan. All babby is special so we is givings much money as presento for babby.

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