Disaster Prevention in Tokyo

1 Sep

Today is 2010 September 1. The 87th anniversary of the 「関東大震災」 (“Great Kanto Earthquake“) that destroyed the Tokyo area on 1923 September 1.

So every year on September 1st in Japan, it’s called 「防災の日」 (“Disaster Prevention Day”).

On this day, fire departments give fire and earthquake safety tips to people, schools hold earthquake drills, and people are encouraged to check and maintain their “earthquake kits” that are recommended to be in every home.

It is said that in Japan’s history, a major earthquake has struck on average every eighty years. So it is expected that Tokyo is due for another one.
I really hope not!

No major earthquakes have struck Tokyo in a long while (“knock on wood”), but a different disaster has hit Tokyo this summer.
A heat wave.

It was reported on the news today that the temperature this summer in Tokyo has been the hottest in 113 years!
The temperature reached 35°C a number of times this summer.
Over a hundred people died from heat stroke and thousands were hospitalized.

It has been brutally hot in Tokyo this summer…and the forecast for the rest of this week says the heat and humidity will continue.

"Uchimizu" is a traditional Japanese custom of throwing water onto the streets to lower the temperature in the city a bit.

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56 Responses to “Disaster Prevention in Tokyo”

  1. tokyo5 October 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    >recebtly as in the last year or so

    I wonder why.

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  2. tokyo5 October 9, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    >recently they have been more common

    That’s strange.

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  3. tokyo5 October 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    >>The weather in Tokyo has cooled off a lot.

    >it has too here

    I would hope so. It’s already October! 😉

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    • RattRocker October 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

      It just rained yesterday

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      • tokyo5 October 6, 2010 at 1:26 am #

        Humid places such as Florida and Japan have a “rainy season”.

        I guess California doesn’t. Is that right?

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      • RattRocker October 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

        actually the past year or so winter is our rainy season, I like it, but it has only been recently that ther has even been something of a rainy season, this year in february it rained so hard that a generator went out for the whole day at school meaing that we had a blackout meaning I went home early

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      • tokyo5 October 7, 2010 at 12:06 am #

        It must have rained quite hard if it caused the power to go out!

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      • RattRocker October 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

        yeah and it was windy

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      • tokyo5 October 8, 2010 at 2:18 am #

        >yeah and it was windy

        Was it a typhoon (hurricane)?

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      • RattRocker October 8, 2010 at 11:36 am #

        no, just a winter rain storm

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      • tokyo5 October 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

        Do those storms occur often in California?

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      • RattRocker October 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

        no, not really, but recently they have been more common

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      • RattRocker October 9, 2010 at 11:34 am #

        recebtly as in the last year or so

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  4. RattRocker September 28, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    it has been the nottst ever today where I live at 109 degrees fahrenheit or 37 degrees celsius, all outdoor sports were cancelled and everyone ate inside at lunch.

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    • tokyo5 September 29, 2010 at 1:53 am #

      109°F is hotter than 37°C.

      Anyways, I saw on the news that California got up to 114°F (45°C)! It’s a record high temperature for California.

      I can’t believe it’s that hot…and so late in the year!

      Be careful not to get heat-stroke.

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      • RattRocker September 29, 2010 at 9:52 am #

        today it was only humid and semi-hot so it was more bearable, but yesterday set so many records for cities like where I live, but the highest recvorded temperature on eartn is also the highest for California in detah valley at a whopping 134 degrees fahrenheit which is 56.66 degrees celsius

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      • tokyo5 September 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

        Yes, I’ve heard that Death Valley, California is the hottest place on earth…so I guess it’s appropriately named. 😉

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      • RattRocker September 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

        yep, I heard that palm springs, which is usually in the triple digets, was cooler than LA County which was very odd, but they were still in hte triple digits.

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      • tokyo5 October 2, 2010 at 1:32 am #

        The weather in Tokyo has cooled off a lot.
        It’s quite comfortable here currently.

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      • RattRocker October 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

        it has too here, ther eis currently a lot of thunderheads around but none have past over me the lats two days

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  5. tokyo5 September 12, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    >sorry to hear that

    It doesn’t rain that often in Japan. 😉
    Usually blue skies.

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    • RattRocker September 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

      well then I just like rain, I don’t know why, I dislike the sun unless it is windy so it is cool

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  6. tokyo5 September 9, 2010 at 12:12 am #

    There is currently a 台風 (typhoon) hitting Japan.
    It passed north of Tokyo today and it rained really hard here all day. But it stopped raining in Tokyo early this evening.

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    • RattRocker September 9, 2010 at 1:14 am #

      It has been really cloudy here the past couple days, my favorite weather is rainy overcast.

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      • tokyo5 September 9, 2010 at 2:06 am #

        I hate rain.

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      • RattRocker September 9, 2010 at 3:15 am #

        I am sorry to hear that, do you get a lot of rain in Japan?

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      • tokyo5 September 10, 2010 at 2:23 am #

        >I am sorry to hear that

        No need. Bad weather doesn’t bother me that much. 😉

        >do you get a lot of rain in Japan?

        Not unusually so. Japan’s rainfall is average for places with a humid climate.

        “Rainy season” and “Typhoon season” have the most rain. Other than that, Japan is mostly blue skies.

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      • RattRocker September 10, 2010 at 11:33 am #

        Rain isn’t very common here, clouds are seemign to become mroe common during winter than before which I like ebcause clouds lead to rain a lot

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      • tokyo5 September 11, 2010 at 12:03 am #

        You live in California, don’t you?
        California isn’t humid so it doesn’t get a lot of rainfall (probably why California has many wild fires).

        I’d think most people like the sunny weather there. Why do you prefer rainy weather?

        You should live in Washington state…I’ve heard it rains a lot there.

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      • RattRocker September 11, 2010 at 7:19 am #

        Yeah, I like Oregon and Washington I have been to both, I really like Seattle

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      • tokyo5 September 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

        >I really like Seattle

        Cold and rainy.
        Doesn’t sound nice to me.

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      • RattRocker September 12, 2010 at 1:50 am #

        sorry to hear that, maybe I like it ebcause there is so few here

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  7. jaydeejapan September 8, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    tokyo5 :
    >I wouldn’t say it luckily hit a small town. Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s major cities.
    But even a “major” city in New Zealand is still small compared to major cities in other countries.
    Material damage is unfortunate but hopefully there weren’t many casualties (or even better…none at all).

    Well, that’s true. New Zealand’s population isn’t much bigger than Yokohama’s. There were 2 injuries in the city, no deaths.

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    • tokyo5 September 9, 2010 at 12:09 am #

      >no deaths

      That’s good.

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  8. RattRocker September 7, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    Hey New Zealand had a 7.1 earthquake on Saturday, luckily it hit a small town, there was a 5.2 aftershock.

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    • jaydeejapan September 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

      I wouldn’t say it luckily hit a small town. Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s major cities. There’s quite a bit of damage. I think the lucky thing is that it happened at the time of day it hit. If it had been during the day, it would have been a truly bad disaster with many deaths. One of my former students is there right now for a year in high school, but she’s doing fine, luckily.

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      • RattRocker September 8, 2010 at 12:59 am #

        Good to here she is good.

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      • tokyo5 September 8, 2010 at 1:06 am #

        >I wouldn’t say it luckily hit a small town. Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s major cities.

        But even a “major” city in New Zealand is still small compared to major cities in other countries.

        Material damage is unfortunate but hopefully there weren’t many casualties (or even better…none at all).

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      • tokyo5 September 8, 2010 at 1:10 am #

        >>One of my former students is there…but she’s doing fine

        >Good to here she is good.

        I agree. That’s good news.

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      • RattRocker September 8, 2010 at 1:12 am #

        Well that is what I meant, I was just restating what I read from a blog I follow which the owner lives in Christchurch. I meant it was small in comparison to cities in other countries.

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    • tokyo5 September 8, 2010 at 12:34 am #

      >New Zealand had a 7.1 earthquake on Saturday

      I hate earthquakes.
      You live in California, don’t you? Have you experienced any earthquakes there?

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      • RattRocker September 8, 2010 at 1:02 am #

        I hate earthquakes. I think the biggest one was like4.something but there might have been bigger when I was little. whenever there is even a small one I gain some sort of super speed and am under a doorway in a couple of seconds, it is really creepy how I do that. during easter this year, there was an earthquake that was small, but there was an aftershock that was even smaller but it made the whole house slowly shake back and forth like you were on a boat, I thought that was actually cool.

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      • tokyo5 September 8, 2010 at 1:11 am #

        >the whole house slowly shake back and forth like you were on a boat, I thought that was actually cool.

        I don’t think so. When an earthquake is powerful enough to shake my house even slightly, it’s frightening.

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      • RattRocker September 8, 2010 at 1:13 am #

        Well it wasn’t really a shake, it was more like being on a boat.

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  9. Michael September 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    Up to 38°C in Georgia. Several cities had the highest average temps ever.

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    • tokyo5 September 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

      Usually American people use the Fahrenheit temperature scale. Do you use Celcius normally?

      So, the Southeastern U.S. is having a similar heat wave to Japan, I guess.

      I can’t wait for this especially unbearable summer heat to end!

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      • Michael September 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

        I don’t normally use the Celsius scale. I Just Googled the °C conversion to maintain comparisons 😉

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      • tokyo5 September 8, 2010 at 1:02 am #

        >I don’t normally use the Celsius scale. I Just Googled the °C conversion to maintain comparisons

        When I first came to Japan I was only used to the antiquated American measuring scales (Fahrenheit, gallons, inches, etc) but I haven’t used those systems in years.

        The Metric system is much better…America should change to it.

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  10. Michael September 4, 2010 at 3:16 am #

    Record highs set down here in the Southeast US as well. All this talk of brutal summer heat sure makes me excited about the fall…

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    • tokyo5 September 4, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

      I grew up in the southeastern U.S. How high did the temperature get there this summer?

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  11. Sven September 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Hot it was! For example in June when my son and me visited Tokyo. We got along well, thanks to the AC which worked well at all places. When outdoors, we walked slowly and drank a lot.

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    • tokyo5 September 3, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

      If you thought June was hot in Tokyo, July and August are even hotter!

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  12. RattRocker September 3, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    it has gotten to 40°C of 105°F here this summer

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    • tokyo5 September 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

      When I wrote that the temperature in Tokyo reached 35°C a few times this summer, I should have written that the temperature reached at least 35°C…it has gotten up to 40°C here too.

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