Photo Essay: Tokyo Trains for the Next One

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Inside the Tokyo subway, there is an emergency exit sign every 10 meters, in case of earthquake inside tunnel or on platform. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

For Japanese, the disaster of the Tohoku great earthquake is a nightmare that never goes away. Three years ago the 9.0 magnitude quake struck the Sendai region on March 11, 2011.

In Tokyo, the word “Jishin,” meaning earthquake, is a big part of daily life and culture. Signboards on the streets indicate the nearest emergency shelters and an earthquake forecast alert app, made by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), is on everyone's smartphones. The people try to stay alert for the next big disaster. 

Tokyo_02 The contents of an emergency and first aid bag in Tomoko in Asakusa, Tokyo. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_03 Junior high school students participate in a training with Nintendo DS in a Tokyo disaster training center. This training teaches how to survive during 72 hours after a major earthquake of more than 6 on the richter scale. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_04 Four Japanese women train with a shaking table during a simulated magnitude 7 earthquake. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_05 A view of Tokyo. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_06 An evacuation map on a street of Tokyo city. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_07 Helmets at an emergency training in Tokyo. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_08 The contents of an emergency bag at a school in suburban Tokyo, kept by an English teacher since March 11, 2011. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_09 A junior high school kid reads signs during a training in a Tokyo disaster training center. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_10 The operation room inside Tokyo disaster training center, where all rescue missions would be organized, in case of major earthquake in the Tokyo area. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_11 A Tokyo disaster training center staff member gives to high school girls some advice in case of major earthquake. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_12 Junior high school kids train with Nintendo DS in Tokyo disaster training center. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_13 A sign near Tokyo city hall. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_14 An emergency sign in Yokohama. The road will be used in emergency in case of major earthquake. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_15 Emergency food for sale in a Tokyo department store. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_16 Michiyoshi Ishizuka is a crisis management researcher in Tokyo. Every time he is outside, he wears an emergency backpack. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_17 Contents of Michiyoshi Ishizuka's emergency backpack. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_18 The Setagaya ward office in Tokyo gives an earthquake survival map to every new resident. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_19 The contents of an emergency bag made by a Japanese couple who live less than a half a mile from the sea in suburban Tokyo. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

Tokyo_20 Examples of equipment to use during 72 hours after a major earthquake are on display to visitors in a Tokyo disaster training center. Nicolas Datiche/Off Source

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