What if an earthquake occurs while we are on the move?
What would you do if an earthquake occurred during your commute to school or work? When you are on a crowded train or on a business trip by Shinkansen, you may be worried about earthquakes on frequently used railroads. What should you do in the event of an earthquake?
When you are on the bullet train
The bullet train, which runs at more than 100 km/h, is equipped with a system that automatically stops the train when it detects a tremor because of the danger of derailment or track collapse in the event of an earthquake.
If you are on board, be prepared for an emergency stop and avoid being thrown out of your seat by keeping your head down and holding onto the car in front of you. After the train stops, follow the instructions of the crew.
When you are on the train
Depending on the time of day and train line, trains can be so crowded that you can hardly move. Both seated and standing passengers need to be prepared for emergency stops.
If you are sitting on a seat, bend forward and lower your posture while protecting your head with a bag or other object. If you are standing, grab the handrail and be careful not to fall. Be careful of falling luggage overhead and window glass.
When you are on the subway
If a strong tremor is detected, the emergency stop function will be activated. Grab the handrail or the strap to prepare for the impact. Also, since the subway tracks are lined with high-voltage power lines, it is dangerous to go outside without permission to evacuate. It is essential to follow the instructions of the train crew and evacuate calmly.
It is also possible that you may stay on the train until safety is confirmed. We recommend that you carry snacks, water, and a minimum emergency kit with you on a regular basis.
You do not want to encounter an earthquake while traveling, but be prepared for any eventuality by knowing what you should do in the event of an earthquake, checking the emergency exits at stations, and keeping a disaster prevention kit in your bag that you can carry with you on a regular basis.