What to do if an earthquake occurs in your office

When you’re in the office district


Windows can break and fall, and billboards/signboards can fall. In the city, the space between buildings is narrow and there is nowhere to escape. If you feel a tremor, protect your head with a bag or something and move to a wide area away from the buildings.

In some cases, it is safer to stay inside the building in view of falling objects from the sky. Instead of running out of the building, wait until the shaking stops in a place where you can protect your head and body.

When in the office


Many office furniture and equipment are heavy. Therefore, if they are not adequately protected against earthquakes, they may pose a danger to human. Windows, lockers, cabinets. You may have them in every office, but are they protected? An open office with all-glass windows and cabinets on casters can turn into a deadly weapon the moment a tremor occurs. If the quake shakes violently, make sure to protect your head and body by getting under your desk.

In addition, the higher the building, the greater the shaking and the longer the shaking time. During the Great East Japan Earthquake, there were cases of horizontal shaking that lasted more than 10 minutes. If there is room, it is important to evacuate to a place where there is no office furniture or window glass, such as a hallway or elevator hall, and wait until the shaking stops.

That one small step can reduce the damage from earthquakes.


Office furniture is tall and most often contains heavy items such as documents. In addition to direct damage, such as injury from furniture tipping over, it may also block and confine doorways, requiring countermeasures.

Please take the same basic earthquake countermeasures as at home, such as securing office furniture to walls and ceilings to prevent them from toppling over, and storing heavy items below to lower the center of gravity.