What does a big earthquake feel like? The Tokyo Northern Disaster Research Center has an earthquake simulator that you can experience free of charge. They'll simulate a series of small quakes, ranging from 2 to 8 on the Japanese scale.
The simulator can also let you experience the exact magnitude and duration of the 1923 Kanto Earthquake and the 1995 Kobe Earthquake. While all the demonstrations are in Japanese only, non-Japanese speakers can follow along without much trouble.
Take the Namboku Subway line to Nishigahara Station, about 30 minutes from central Tokyo. The Center is about a five-minute walk from the subway station, just past the gigantic Tokyo Hospital and the local fire station. For more information, call 03-3940-1811 (Japanese only).
There are earthquake tips, including a checklist of emergency supplies to keep handy and instructions on how to best prepare your home, on our web site at http://tokyo.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-7111.html
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