Yesterday afternoon, there was a 5.6 magnitude earthquake right next to Tokyo. I was working at my desk – the shaking was bad enough to knock a book over and send a couple pens rolling off my desk. It lasted about a minute and a half.
So in the grand scheme of things, it was a pretty “uneventful” earthquake.
But, of course, one of the first things I did after the quake finished (aside from propping the huge sliding windows on my balcony open, in case I needed to escape from the building) was to do on Facebook and post about the “huge earthquake.” So did everyone else. In fact, in the minutes following the quake, I counted 23 status updates about it, on Facebook alone (Twitter would have been more).
Hence this comic.
As for “real” earthquake advice… every website I check seems to have a different opinion. Some say get under a sturdy table and others say stay in the doorframe. My husband’s family taught us to prop the front door open, just in case the earthquake is horrible and ends up warping your door frame. You can get trapped in your house and die (electrical fire, flood, etc) because you can’t get the door open if the frame is warped.
I don’t know the best earthquake response. Sorry. Just go an post about it on Facebook like everyone else~