As part of my course I have been doing we went to the earthquake prevention center where they had an earthquake simulator, smokey room simulator, liquefaction demonstrations, house bracing models and how bracing works, model quake proof rooms and more. Every house in Japan has a fire extinguisher out front, Leo and I got some training on how to use them today. It was all very interesting, being in the simulator felt like being back in Christchurch the way it shook around. I think NZ could learn a lot from this place, its well worth a look.
Simulated quake damage
Quake proof room
Quake proof wall construction
Model of how support center will be setup
In quake simulator
Getting ready to go into smoke room
Fire extinguisher training