How to overcome the fear of earthquake in Japan?

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Today when we talk about living in Japan some people comment on the fear of living there because of earthquakes and tidal waves. How can you overcome the fear of earthquake? In this article, we will leave some tips and strategies that will help you to overcome this fear.

Is it really necessary to have this earthquake fear in Japan? Many people are afraid of earthquakes, but they don't understand that bad things can happen anywhere. I myself think that it is easier for us to die from an earthquake in Brazil, since the buildings and houses here are not prepared like those in Japan.

Fear can make you think that danger is imminent, even when you are perfectly safe.

Do you have to be afraid of an earthquake in Japan?

It is normal to worry about our safety, but sometimes people have exaggerated fears, such as fear of the airplane that is the safest transport in the world, or fear of crime, etc. But one of the fears that bothers people most when it comes to Japan is the fear of an earthquake. Is it really dangerous to live in Japan?

I'm writing this article because really, when Japan is the subject of conversation, people tend to talk about earthquakes and tsunamis as if it's something constant and that kills millions of people. They still say that they would never have the courage to live in Japan because of earthquakes. Let's analyze some facts to make people safer on this subject.

In the video below I explain why it is not necessary to be afraid of an earthquake in Japan:

Earthquakes are not dangerous

Japan is a set of more than 6,000 islands and has more than 118 volcanoes, this is one of the main reasons for the constant earthquakes and tsunamis. During the history of Japan we have had major earthquakes that cause many deaths and losses to the country. But are these disasters a reason for you not to go to Japan?

Japan is also very prepared against possible disasters. Houses and buildings are built in such a way that they are not brought down by earthquakes. But even then the unforeseen can happen, so we can never be 100% safe, nor know if we are going to witness or not a great disaster that can end our life.

But if you are afraid of death, then you need not be afraid of living in Japan. Earthquakes, although they happen constantly, they do no harm. Most disaster deaths in Japan are caused by tsunamis that happen rarely and will only reach you if you’re near the sea.

How to overcome the fear of earthquake?

Ending fear of earthquake through statistics

When someone questions my desire to live in Japan, talking about the danger of earthquakes, I usually answer that in Brazil every year more people are killed than during 20 years of history with earthquakes and tidal waves in Japan.

It is worth remembering that the earthquake (in Japanese it is called jishin 地震) is not the cause of most of these reported deaths, but tsunamis or fires. Perhaps living far from the coast is a way to lessen your fear of earthquakes in Japan.

Below we will leave the earthquake and tsunami death statistics of all the incidents that caused deaths along with specific details of each of them.

Japan earthquake statistics

See how less than 8000 people have died from earthquakes in Japan over the last 100 years. A much smaller number than the deaths caused in Brazil every year.

DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeaths
01/16/1995Sw Honshu (Kobe, Awaji-Shima, Nishinomiya)52 km6.95502
03/11/2011Honshu24 km9.11475
03/21/1982Hokkaido, Urakawa, Hiroo7 km6.7110
05/16/1968Off East Coast Of Honshu Island55 km8.252
04/15/2016Kumamoto, Oita22 km7.050
09/05/2018Hokkaido35 km6.644
10/23/2004Honshu (Niigata Prefecture)6.640
03/04/1952Hokkaido41 km8.133
05/08/1974nakagi25 km6.530
09/13/1984Honshu (Central: Mt Ontake)49 km6.129
06/12/1978sanriku26 km7.728
06/16/1964Honshu (W Coast)44 km7.526
01/14/1978Tokkaido, Oshima39 km6.625
07/12/1993Hokkaido; Russia (Southeast; South Korea)11 km7.723
08/06/1984Kyushu (Nobeoka)38 km6.720
06/13/2008Honshu (Tokyo)45 km6.913
08/19/1961Honshu (W Coast)7.310
07/16/2007Honshu (W Coast)22 km6.69
04/11/2011Honshu12 km6.67
06/17/2018Osaka10 km5.55
05/26/1983Honshu (Akita)59 km7.74
04/07/2011Near E Coast Honshu43 km7.13
12/28/1994Honshu23 km7.83
02/21/1968Kyushu6.33
03/24/2001Hiroshima, Okayama, Honshu, Kagama53 km6.82
01/15/1993Hokkadio, Kushiro, Hachinohe, Honshu5 km7.62
12/17/1987Honshu (Chiba Perfecture, Tokyo)19 km6.02
03/18/1987Kyushu (Miyazaki, Naze)30 km6.72
09/24/1980Tokyo, Yokohama24 km6.02
08/03/1974Honshu (Kakiota, Mito, Tokyo)34 km5.72
02/26/1961Miyazaki48 km7.32
02/13/2021Off Fukushima49 km7.11
08/10/2009Honshu (S Coast)9 km6.41
07/23/2008Honshu19 km6.81
03/25/2007Honshu (W Coast)57 km6.71
03/20/2005Kyushu (Fukuoka, Genkai)41 km6.61
07/01/2000Near S Coast Honshu (Kozu-Shima)55 km6.11
08/08/1983Honshu (S Coast)57 km5.31
04/01/1968Kyushu, Shikoku4 km7.51
04/19/1965Aichi, Shizouka Prefecture58 km6.01
04/30/1962Honshu (Sendai)30 km6.81
11/25/1953Kashima7.41

Tsunami statistics in Japan

The statistic below shows the date, location, magnitude, meters of height and number of deaths from the tsunami. We have data dating back more than 500 years, but in the last 100 years only 17,000 died by tsunami, a number much lower than the annual murders in Brazil.

DateLocalMagnitudeMetersDeaths
09/20/1498sea of Enshunada810 m31.201
04/24/1771Ryukyu Islands785.40 m25.427
06/15/1896sanriku838.20 m18.802
03/11/2011honshu island955.88 m15.950
05/21/1792Shimabara BayVolcano55 m5343
03/02/1933sanriku829 m3022
10/28/1707nankaido825.70 m2787
05/20/1751Honshu6.62 m2100
12/24/1854nankaido828 m1724
08/29/1741Hokkaido690 m1607
12/30/1703Boso811.70 m1497
10/28/1707enshunada811 m1000
09/01/1923Sagami Bay713 m574
12/20/1946Honshu: S Coast86.6 m288
12/23/1854sea of Enshunada821 m268
07/12/1993sea of japan732 m181
05/26/1983Noshiro7.814.93 m47
12/07/1944Kii Peninsula810 m40
08/01/1940Hokkaido73 m10
09/25/2003Hokkaido84.4 m2
05/28/1938Hokkaido60.90 m1
How to overcome the fear of earthquake?

How to overcome the fear of earthquake?

Saying these things to someone who has never been there is easy, but what about those who are already scared to death and have suffered trauma? We need to face our psychological fear, the tips below can be useful:

  • The key to dealing with any fear is to accept and admit it;
  • Question your negative thoughts and exaggerated ideas;
  • Always be prepared for the earthquake;
  • Let go of your material possessions and value your life;
  • Stop thinking about the future and live in the present!
  • List your fear situations and face it!

Remember that the unexpected happens to everyone! There are thousands of other ways to die and suffer besides earthquakes!

I don't want to frighten anyone with these comments, but being afraid of these unforeseen events can increase our strength, make us prepared and also increase the value of our lives.

How to prepare for an earthquake in Japan?

The final tips below will help you prepare for earthquakes and finally lose that exaggerated fear.

  • Make sure that the water heaters are fixed and the objects are heavy, on the floor or on the bottom shelves;
  • Avoid placing heavy objects such as televisions in high places;
    Leave the exit path free;
  • For a moment, stop and think before you act;
  • Furniture such as cabinets, bookcases, drawers must be fixed to the wall or ceiling;
  • Have at home one kit first aid and an earthquake kit;
  • Teach family members to turn off electricity, gas and water;
  • Look for the best way to get out of the danger situation;
  • Teach family members to stay away from doors, mirrors and hide under the table;
  • Have a portable radio with charged batteries on hand;
  • Do rehearsals and remember to always remain calm;
  • Inquire at the city hall where the safest emergency location is in your neighborhood;

The real danger is the Tsunami

The biggest cause of death is the tsunami, responsible for killing 20,000 people in 2011. Over the years of Japan's history, only tsunamis and fires caused so many deaths, and this was because technology and homes were not prepared for these events. In the last 10 years, this was the only event responsible for a large number of deaths.

How to overcome the fear of earthquake?

Is that really a big number? Yes, it is a considerable number, but it is not a reason to be afraid of Japan. In Brazil, 100,000 people lose their lives every year because of crime and recklessness in traffic. While Japan does not reach these figures even in 20 years.

Just as we wear seat belts in a car to prevent accidents, if you live in Japan or plan to visit, you should be aware of the risks and take safety precautions. Now you're going to stop driving just because the car causes accidents? The number of cars kills far more in the world than these small earthquakes.

So if you want to go to Japan, but you're afraid of an earthquake, know that disasters can happen. However, you shouldn't be afraid of Japan just because earthquakes happen there. If you are going to die, you can die of anything at any time, especially if you live in Brazil.

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