日本での一年間

August 30, 2008

Disater Prevention Center

Filed under: Tokyo places — myyearinjapan @ 3:29 pm

I visited one of the disaster prevention centers in Tokyo recently through my language school to learn about what to do in different types of disasters. (I don’t really have pictures of the actual stuff we did though, just the place. sorry!) We watched a cheesy 3-D movie dramatizing a magnitude 7 earthquake in Tokyo. (I guess it was a 4-D movie actually because our seats shook during the earthquake part of the film.) After that, we experiences simulations of emergencies.
First, a typhoon. We put on some intense rain gear and stood in a room, hanging onto some posts, while we got pelted by lots of water and a wind machine blasted us with air. It was kind of silly.
Second, we crawled through a maze with fake smoke above our heads. Even though it was fake, the smoke still made me cough, but they told us it wasn’t actually harmful. In the maze, if you stood up above a certain height, a woman’s voice would yell at you to crouch lower.
Third, we did an earthquake simulation. We went into a room that was set on a platform and the platform shook to simulate a magnitude 7 earthquake.
Last, we got to use fire extinguishers to put out a fake fire on a TV screen (which I assume had some special insulated glass in front of it to prevent the electronics from getting wet). That was fun.
You can get an idea of what I did a little more from the website of the disaster prevention center. Most of the website is in Japanese, but this page has some short descriptions in English and pictures.
Disaster Prevention Center – Life Safety Learning Center

Some pictures of the outside:

Disaster Prevention Center

Disaster Prevention Center

Disaster Prevention Center

Disaster Prevention Center

Disaster Prevention Center. I think they were testing out the fire truck or training or something.

Disaster Prevention Center. I think they were testing out the fire truck or training or something.

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