Second Tokyo Earthquake Shakes Things Up

August 11, 2009 on 8:31 am | In Japan travel, ThereArePlaces.com, things travelers need to know, travel warnings | Comments Off

Early Tuesday morning Tokyo suffered its second big quake (6.5) in three days. Some damage was recorded and a few serious injuries, although this was not the “Big One” predicted to hit Tokyo. See this article in the New York Times for more info.

Tokyo and all of Japan are located in an active seismic zone. Travelers to the region should be prepared for earthquakes and know the evacuation procedures for their hotel (locations of emergency exits, stairwells, etc.). Tip: Consider keeping your wallet, room key, passport and moneybelt in the clothes worn that day when you turn in for the night and lay the apparel on a chair near the bed. If you need to evacuate during the night, just grab the outfit and put it on when it is safe to do so.

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