a reply to: musicismagic
I mentioned this is in another thread, but this seems like a good opportunity to share my thoughts on this again...
Whenever I see an EQ video I see the same thing again and again, people stopping, people waiting, people not getting out of the structure they're in
until seconds after it starts. People seem to want to wait and see if it's going to be just a little one or a major quake, and this is a potentially
fatal decision to make.
I truly believe that most of those harmed in these events are those people who suddenly stop, waiting to see if it's going to be big or not. By the
time they find out that it IS a big one they've lost vital seconds in which they could have gotten out.
I would say that the whole notion of bartering, having heavy bottles of alcohol for that etc is a nonsense. Remember that these things are being
suggested by people who don't live in Japan, they don't have a full grasp of what Japanese culture is like. You won't likely face the same civil
problems they might experience in the US. When people talk about having things to barter they are imagining what they would need in LA, and Japanese
culture is ENTIRELY different. For instance, you do not have thousands of people roaming around with guns ready to snatch what they need from others
in the same way you would have in the US.
You don't need to worry too much about protection from others, or bartering for things, your society is far more stable and your people are far more
willing to help each other and maintain control and dignity during chaos.
As for supplies and prep I think you should have a tent and two backpacks in the boot of your car, or anywhere away from any structure. You shouldn't
need to go back into your home for anything. After the last one I watched a video by a young man who ran out of his house to join his neighbours in
the street and none of them had anything with them other than their phones and laptops, and I'm sorry but you can't sleep under a laptop and you can't
eat a phone.
Being in Japan you have a lot of systems in place to meet the needs of people seeking shelter, and you don't have the same risks of social collapse we
would see in other places, but I would still make sure I had enough food for a week, and perhaps one of those purification bottles. You could then use
any river or stream to drink from.
You should perhaps team up with your neighbours to form a collective plan. As long as you are all on the same page about leaving the second you feel
it, and having your supplies outside somewhere, you can then divide your needs amongst yourselves so that you all have a collective supply which will
be larger and more able to support you all.
I would then also look at the best location to wait it out. If there's a large enough park able to accommodate a few thousand people anywhere near you
I would choose that, it's where people would meet and it's where any assistance would likely be provided by the authorities. That would also be more
helpful if the area were to be cut off and isolated by road etc. Flights over it would show that there are thousands of people there and you would
then be prioritized more quickly than if you were all scattered around the city.
I truly believe that the biggest issue is people not paying attention and getting out the second they feel it. Injuries and deaths in EQ's are caused
by collapse of buildings, it makes absolutely no sense for anyone to feel it happening and just stand there waiting to see if it's going to be a big
I'm sure you will be fine, but preparation is key.