Natural disasters

Natural Disasters

Fukuoka is relatively free from natural disasters, but floods can occur during the rainy season of June and July, and storms can occur during the typhoon season in summer and autumn. Earthquakes are not as common compared to the rest of the nation; however, as in the case of the major earthquake that hit Fukuoka in March 2005, you should always remain alert and take necessary precautions. Moreover, extra care should be taken when handling fire inside Japanese houses, since many of them are built of wood and can catch fire easily.

Be prepared for an emergency by taking the following precautions.

Disaster Prevention

How to Protect Yourself in Times of Disaster(Earthquakes/Tsunami/Typhoons/Floods)

An Earthquake/Tsunami/Typhoon/Flood Guide Video.

Disaster Prevention Guide for Foreigners

Disaster Prevention Guide for Foreigners(福岡市消防局)

Disaster Prevention Handbook For Foreigners(Fukuoka Prefecture)

Fukuoka Citizens’ Disaster Prevention Center

The Fukuoka Citizens’ Disaster Prevention Center (Bosai Center) is a place where you can learn more about disasters and their precautionary measures. It has facilities that simulate earthquakes and violent wind conditions, educational areas where visitors can practice fire-fighting and practical techniques for protecting against disasters.Tel:092-847-5990 (1-3-3, Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka)

Disaster Information Line

Fukuoka City Disaster Information Line

Tel: 0180-99-9595

Fukuoka City Disaster/Crisis Management Information

Fukuoka City Disaster/Crisis Management Information For mobile phones

Fukuoka Prefecture Disaster Prevention E-Mail Service “Mamoru”

Foreign-language radio information

Love FM (76.1MHz; in Western Fukukoka: 82.5MHz; in Kitakyushu: 82.7MHz)


Typhoons are often accompanied by strong winds which can blow away bricks, branches, and signs. It is safer to remain indoors, so try to stay inside as much as possible. In addition, stay away from unprotected windows during a typhoon as they may shatter and fly into your house. If you have storm windows or shutters, close them in advance.

As heavy rain may also accompany typhoons, be prepared for the possibility of flooding, especially if your home is in a low-lying area or near a river. Once the roads start to flood, avoid using the subway or entering underground shopping areas and basement floors.


While Fukuoka is relatively free from earthquakes, there is still a possibility that another powerful earthquake such as the “Fukuoka Prefecture Western Offshore Earthquakes” (March 20, 2005) may occur in the future, and it is a good idea to take some basic precautions. Make mental notes of dangerous and safe places in your house, and possible escape routes for dangerous situations. Elementary schools, junior high schools and community centers are designated as community-based emergency evacuation centers. Make sure you know where the closest one to your home is, and evacuate there as needed.

Basic procedures in case of an earthquake