What to Do If an Earthquake Occurs While You’re Out

Inside an elevator

  • Press all the buttons and get off on the floor where the elevator stops. If the elevator is equipped with a safety device, it should stop automatically at the nearest floor.
  • If you get trapped in an elevator, press the emergency button or use the interphone to call for help and wait for someone to come. Attempting to open the doors on your own is dangerous.

Residential Area

  • Stay away from concrete-block walls, stone walls, and gateposts.
  • Do not touch damaged power lines that are dangling in the air.
  • Roofing tiles, glass, and billboards may fall over. Use your hand luggage to protect your head.

Underground Malls

  • Exits are located at approximately 60m intervals in underground malls. Walk alongside the walls to get to an exit to reach the ground level.
  • If a fire breaks, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief and keep your body low as you proceed to the exit.

Inside a Train

  • Trains will stop automatically when tremors are detected. Hold onto handrails and straps and beware of sudden stops and falling items from luggage racks.
  • It is dangerous to attempt to exit the train on your own. Follow the instructions of the railway staff.

While Driving

  • Sudden braking can cause an accident. Grip the steering wheel tightly, gradually reduce your speed and park your vehicle on the left side of the road then turn off your engine.
  • Do not exit your vehicle until the tremors stop.
  • Park as close to the edge of the road as possible to avoid blocking the way for people trying to evacuate or the passage of emergency vehicles.

*In accordance with the Basic Act on Disaster Control Measures, an unattended vehicle blocking the passage of an emergency vehicle will be removed by the police or road administrator.

What to Do When an Earthquake Early Warning is Issued

Remain Calm and Ensure Your Own Safety!

When a strong tremor is expected to occur, an earthquake early warning announcement to “Prepare for powerful tremors” is broadcast via the TV, radio and mobile phones.

After a warning is issued, it may take a few seconds or more before the strong tremors begin. Use this time to ensure your personal protection (particularly your head).

*Since warnings are issued after seismic waves are detected, areas close to the earthquake epicenter may begin experiencing strong tremors before the warning is issued.

Three Actions to Protect Yourself

Drop Down!

Keep your body low.

Take cover

Protect your head and body.

Hold on

Stay where you are until the shaking stops!