VISIT OKINAWA JAPAN Official Okinawa Travel Guide

Earthquake, Tsunami, and Others

What to do in a Major Earthquake

If you are in a hotel

  • Stay away from furniture and glass windows, keep yourself low and protect your head from falling objects.
  • Do not rush outside. Falling pieces of glasses and tiles may hit you outside.
  • Open the door of your guest room to secure your evacuation route.
  • Stay there until the shaking stops. Then, follow the instruction of hotel staff.

If you are outdoors

  • Crouch on the ground and protect your head from falling objects.
  • Stay away from block walls, cliffs, coast, rivers and narrow roads.
  • Run to a nearby open space.

If you are driving

  • Slow down and park your car on the shoulder of the road. Turn off the motor.
  • Turn on the radio for emergency information.
  • Do not lock the doors, and leave your key inside when you leave the car.


  • Beware of tsunami; a tsunami may follow a major earthquake. If you are driving on the coast or near a river, take shelter by heading to higher ground or a tall building,

If you hear a Tsunami Alert

  • Immediately leave the coastal area and run to high ground or an upper level of a sturdy building.
  • Ask people around you where to run.
  • Check and see the evacuation route from your hotel room in advance.
  • Do not ever approach the sea until the tsunami alert has been completely lifted.

Check the Elevation

  • At major tourist sites, you find signs to show the elevation above sea level.
  • Make sure you reach a shelter high enough above sea level, when you are evacuated.
  • Check the elevation of the place when you are visiting a coastal area.

See the following for disaster information

  • In case of evacuation, act promptly and follow the instructions of hotel staff and local people.
  • Help evacuate someone who is in need of assistance, or ask for help from people nearby.