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Important Reminders

Protection from Natural Disasters (Earthquake Emergency Measures)

Japan witnesses many earthquakes. The 1995 Kansai Earthquake, the 2004 Niigata Earthquake and the 2011 Eastern Japan Earthquake caused immeasurable damage to these regions. It is predicted that an earthquake of equivalent scale will also hit the Tokai area in the near future. Familiarizing yourself with the nearest evacuation area and emergency procedures is essential for minimizing potential earthquake damage. When you feel the quake, DO NOT PANIC. Rushing out in alarm will result in unnecessary injuries and accidents.

If your apartment is earthquake-resistant, you do not have to rush out.

(1) Earthquake Preparation

◆Live in an earthquake resistant apartment. Construction code was renewed in 1981, thus the buildings built after 1981 are recommendable.

◆ Secure bookshelves or heavy furnishings to the wall. Do not sleep where furniture or items may fall down on you.

◆ Store three days' supply of water (9L per person) and food.
◆ Prepare an emergency bag including items such as a first aid kit, everyday items, valuables such as your passport, etc., to take with you when evacuate. A flashlight or slippers (shoes) should be kept at your bedside.


(2) When an Earthquake occurs

① Protect yourself (Hide under a desk/table and cover your head; move to a spot where you willavoid falling objects).
② Open a door to secure an exit. (Do not rush outside until the tremors stop.)
③ If possible, switch off any heaters and gas.
④ Get the right information from TV or radio.
⑤ Do not use elevators when evacuating.


(3) Earthquake Early Warnings

Just as an earthquake occurs in the epicenter, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issues prompt alert with the estimated seismic intensities and expected arrival time of principal motion. This is done on the basis of the data observed by seismographs near the epicenter. The warning is provided through the media such as TV or radio and it aims to mitigate earthquake-related damages by allowing countermeasures to avoid danger and enabling people to quickly protect themselves in public transportation, at public facilities, offices, houses and so on.


Earthquake Early Warnings (Japan Metrological Agency's HP)


In the event of a major earthquake, contact your family, friends and the staff or faculty members of your department as soon as possible to tell them your condition. At times of disaster it is difficult to get a connection because of heavy traffic on telephone lines. Reliable means of contact are emails from a mobile phone or Disaster Emergency Dengon Dial 171. Please get to know how to contact your family, friends and staff/faculty members of your department by checking international dial codes and keeping important numbers handy.


◆ Disaster Emergency Dengon Dial 171: In the event of earthquake, by using a phone number in the disaster area as the secret code, you can access this message bank service and record or play safety messages by following the sound guidance (in Japanese). You can access this service through installed, public, or mobile phones. Please familiarize yourself with this system, which can be used on a trial basis on the first day of every month.
◆ NU Survivor Confirmation System
During a disaster, you will be able to inform the university of your situation by using the Survivor Confirmation system. Accurate safety information is vital for providing proper aid for sufferers. Details of this system are available from the index tab "防災(Disaster Prevention)" on the NU Portal site (MyNU). Register your e-mail address and become acquainted with the system.
To access the information provided on the NU Portal site, your Nagoya Daigaku ID and Password are necessary.
Your registered e-mail address can also be used for the Survivor Confirmation System or to receive the important announcements from Nagoya University.

Nagoya University Portal

 for access by mobile phone


Nearest Evacuation Area

Higashiyama Campus: Nagoya University Junior and Senior High School
Tsurumai Campus: Tsuruma Park
International Residence: Nagoya University Junior and
Senior High School
International Students House: Shoei Elementary School
International Ohmeikan: Takigawa Elementary School


Map of Shelters & Safe Areas

 Disaster Management Office, Nagoya University

General Information about Earthquakes (provided by Nagoya City)



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