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At the news of Indian Ocean’s Tsunami disaster, the foreign residents here may be very much afraid of tsunami, especially so are those living near the seacoast. Here are tips for you.


  1. Here in Japan, immediately after an earthquake occurs, NHK and other major TV and radio stations broadcast the news on the earthquake as well as the resultant tsunami anticipated. Therefore do not fail to switch on TV or radio to get the information. If you are not good at Japanese, you are advised to ask for help to your Japanese neighbors or friends who understand Japanese.

  2. According to the central government’s study group, the tsunami occurring in Tokyo Bay including Funabashi caused by an epicentral earthquake in Metropolitan Tokyo, is expected to be around 50 cm high due to the shallowness of Tokyo Bay.

  3. Though the southern part of Funabashi faces Tokyo Bay, seacoasts and rivers in Funabashi are well protected by concrete-made fences and floodgates designed for high waves/tides caused by the same magnitude of typhoons as Isewan Typhoon, one of the largest typhoons in Japan which hit Nagoya area in 1959. Sono serious damages are expected by the above-mentioned tsunami. Besides, in case of tsunami or high tide, warnings are to be given by City Government to the citizens/visitors near seacoasts by using emergency wirelesses and cars. 

When you are in coastal areas for fishing or other, do not come to seacoasts or rivers in case of earthquakeStay calm and evacuate to the places of higher altitude. A lot higher tsunamis may occur in other places than Tokyo Bay Area (or even in Tokyo Bay Area). An earthquake does not necessarily make only one high wave but may make several high waves. On top of itthe first wave may not be the highest. Therefore, do not come back until the warning is cancelled.