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Shizuoka residents well prepared against earthquakes: Survey

world Updated: Aug 15, 2009 14:46 IST
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Shizuoka Prefecture residents hit by Tuesday's major earthquake were well prepared against the disaster, with many of them having securely fastened some or most of their furniture in advance, according to a recent survey.

Residents' preparedness was significantly better than when a quake struck off Niigata Prefecture in July 2007 and when a temblor occurred off the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture in March 2007, the Tokyo-based Survey Research Center Co pointed.

The survey noted that Shizuoka residents have long heard about the Tokai earthquake, a massive quake feared to hit the Tokai region of central Japan where the prefecture is located. "The residents' disaster awareness may have helped reduce the damage from the recent earthquake," center said.

The survey also highlighted that 60.3 per cent of Shizuoka residents said they had strapped some or most of their furniture before Tuesday's quake, far higher than the 38.4 per cent in Niigata and the 25.8 per cent in Ishikawa who said they had done so.

The survey said 15 per cent of Shizuoka residents said they had tested their houses for quake resistance, compared with 1.2 per cent in Niigata and 1.6 per cent in Ishikawa.

Shizuoka residents also overwhelmed their counterparts in subscription to earthquake insurance policies at 34.8 per cent, compared with 16.4 per cent in Niigata and 12.1 per cent in Ishikawa.

The survey polled about 700 people aged 20 or older in Shizuoka over the internet on Wednesday and Thursday.