Crucial Lifelines in Japan Post-Quake

Crucial Lifelines in Japan Post Quake

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.

Communication Towers

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.

Seems like they were better prepared this time as I’m sure the massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami incident in 2011 made earthquake preparedness top priority.

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.


  1. Iker

    Hello Friend! I was not aware of this news. It is very good news for those affected. It is not very common to see that the big phone companies will help to the needy. I am glad. And could learn the companies of other countries.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Hi Iker,
      Yeah I agree. It’s great that companies are doing what they can to help in this crisis. Hopefully others will learn from this.

  2. Jason

    Hey Andy,

    It is so sad to see Japan being affected so regularly with Earthquakes. It seems as if we can all expect an earthquake to rock the country every month.

    I like what the major phone carriers did by getting together and activated the free emergency public wi-fi hotspots. I am sure that that must have helped out all those people immensely.

    Was there a lot of fatalities with any of the earthquakes?

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Hi Jason,
      Actually Japan has over 1,500 earthquakes per year so it’s more like per DAY! Most of them are minor and not felt though.
      Yes, 41 people are confirmed dead so far and over 1,500 people injured. As people are trapped and the weather gets worse, those numbers will probably go higher.

      1. Jason

        Wow! Those statistics are really high. Will it continue to be that way? What are the plans for the future for the people of Japan?

        1. Andy (Post author)

          Yup, it’s been like that for awhile and I suspect it will continue to be that way as they are in a high seismic activity area.
          There isn’t much you can do against mother nature except be prepared which the Japanese have become excellent at doing.
          They hold regular preparedness sessions and disaster simulations so they know what to do but of course that isn’t enough when such a big earthquake hits.

  3. Bernd

    Hello Andy,
    this is a very interesting news. I never thought, that this would be possible. I see, that Japon made some very good progress to handle earthquakes, although their building have high standards regarding earthquakes. That the government supports free information channels, is a normal progress. It started with radio, later TV and now Internet. This is a good model, which other countries should follow. Do you have any information, whether this is happening or not?

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Hi Bernd,
      Yes, Japan has progressed a lot since they get a lot of earthquakes. The previous major earthquake that struck Japan was a massive magnitude 9.0 which caused a destructive tsunami and was the biggest earthquake in Japan’s history! They learned a lot from that experience and are continually improving. I’m not sure if other countries are following but they definitely should. We can learn a lot from other country’s experiences so we can be better prepared for disasters in our countries.


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