The earthquake on February 13, 2021


Around 23:07 on February 13, 2021, an offshore Fukushima earthquake measuring a magnitude7.3 occurred off Fukushima (37.6 degrees north latitude, 141.5 degrees east longitude), and the maximum seismic intensity exceeded 6 in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.
There was no tsunami caused by this earthquake.

I felt a big tremor that reminded me of the Great East Japan Earthquake 10 years ago, but it was not a big disaster like the last time.
I believe that the reasons for this are that there was no tsunami, that buildings are becoming earthquake resistant, and that citizens are preparing for earthquakes.

If a foreigner encounters an earthquake in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, remember the following three things.

1.Know where to find information.
Within minutes of the occurrence of an earthquake, its magnitude and seismic intensity in each area, as well as information on a possible tsunami, are broadcast on television and radio.
If a major tsunami warning or a tsunami warning is issued, NHK T.V. will broadcast in English, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese on a supplementary sound channel.
In Sendai, the remote control button of NHK TV channel is 3.

2.Find your evacuation center.
In most case, Sendai public elementary and junior high schools and other facilities are designated as evacuation centers.
There is also food, water and bedding, so I recommend you to go there.
Elementary schools and junior high schools like the one in the picture are often buildings, so you can easily find them.

Evacuation center

3.Sendai Disaster Multilingual Support Center.
When a large earthquake occurs, the Sendai Disaster Multilingual Support Center is set up at Sendai International Center.
The Center provides information in foreign languages and conducts other activities.
Please contact the Center If you need help or need to speak to someone in a foreign language.


If you’re in trouble, please talk to a Japanese person nearby, even if you don’t speak Japanese, they’ll help you.