After the double earthquakes (Magnitude 6.5 and Magnitude 7.1) that rocked southern Japan within 24 hours this week, connectivity was a major issue as communication towers were damaged. Three major mobile phone carriers (NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp, and SoftBank Corp.) stepped in and activated free emergency public wi-fi hotspots, named “00000JAPAN”, in the affected areas. These hotspots are accessible regardless of your mobile phone carrier.
Media organizations like NHK and TV Asahi streamed live news online for those who didn’t have access to a TV which was especially beneficial for those who’s houses collapsed or were badly damaged and had to evacuate.
People reached out to social media to post videos and comments to show that they were alright. Others used popular communication app Line to call their friends and family.
Japan is one of the most well prepared countries in the world. Hopefully places in North America and around the world will learn from this and have these measures in place for our safety as well.