Sunday, November 11, 2007

Tokai Earthquake Preparation

I do a little local radio show once a week. One of the main purposes is to help inform all English speaking expats who live in the Shizuoka area about the predicted Tokai Earthquake. It's supposed to be huge, devastating. In this area a big one hits every 100 to 150 years and here we are at like year 153 now. "Any day now" seems to be the mantra of Shizuoka-ites.

There are all sorts of ways to prepare, but here is a fun one. A friend and fellow radio DJ brought this if for one show.

It's toilet paper that has printed on each little fluffly square some tid-bit about earthquake preparedness.

Here it says that gasoline stands are built to withstand enormous earthquakes and they might be a good place to run if things start falling. Yea, right.

On this little piece it gives you a list of provisions you should have packed away in your Earthquake Bag. Things like: duct tape, food, flashlights, batteries, gloves, wet tissues, drinking water, and undy pants.
And this darling tells you that you should buy or make an emergency toilet.

I said this joke on the radio when we aired this show and I don't think I've been very funny since. It went something like... "So when you're sitting on the toilet waiting for the Big One you can read and learn all about the Big One."

Ba dum dum!


Virginia Lee said...


Once upon a time I experienced an Earthquake Awareness week when visiting my second sister. I may have to type about that experience in my blog soon.

And SHEESH! At least when I lived by the ocean they could tell me when a hurricane was coming. I honestly don't know how folks near active faults stand it. We had a teensy earthquake while still in Mississippi, like a 4.0, and I had no idea that was what it was until the next day. I just thought it was construction trucks going by our house.

Gad. You're a braver soul than I am, hon.

Bk30 said...

lol, was going to make a hurricane reference..but Virginia beat me to it. But hey I thought it was a funny joke.

Kappa no He said...

Virginia: No one told me about the darn fault lines before I moved here. Four plates pushing together! You think that would have been in the pamphlet or something, ha ha. One good thing is that we don't have tornados. I remember lots of tornados when I lived down south, Alabama and such. That's a whole new kind of scary.

BK: Thanks, it still cracks me up. Toilet humor. Yep, that is about my level.

Hilary said...

Bummer! Your whole blog has just gone to pot.. love it! :)

Kappa no He said...

That was gooood!

Matt D said...

You totally should record a snippet of your show and put it up here.

Kappa no He said...

So happy you're back! I imagined you had packed up and taken the family on a world wide book tour or something. What's this about a pinky ring?

The radio show IS online actually, but I'm wa~ay to embarrassed to even put up the link. I've lived here for nearly seventeen years and my English speaking ability quite frankly sucks (typing and writing fair better because I can reread). "Evacuation center" always wants to come out "Execution center". Stuff like that.

Matt D said...

uh-huh. Let's hear it!

Kappa no He said...

I need to gain a little courage...or get raging drunk. Then I'll put up the link. I'll give you a heads up when I do.