October 15, 2003 – First Earthquake

Earthquake and fire warning sign in an elevator.

Earthquake and fire warning sign in an elevator.

Follow up training day in Yokohama. New teachers from all around the area went for training in Yokohama in a 10 story building. During the training everything started vibrating and shaking back and forth. The instructor calmly told us that it was just an earthquake.

JUST an earthquake.

After a few more seconds, one of the teachers asked us if we should hide under a desk or something. The instructor said we could, but it would be totally unnecessary and continued with the lesson like nothing was happening.

You can tell how long someone has been in Japan by how they react to an earthquake. With less than a month in the country I was absolutely scared shitless! The ground should never move. EVER.

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