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Earthquake at Yokota

Posted 3/11/2011   Updated 3/11/2011 Email story   Print story


from 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

3/11/2011 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- At approximately 2:50 p.m. local time, Yokota experienced a 5.0 earthquake (locally).

All emergency services are standing by as necessary, dial 911 if you require assistance.

At this time no damage or injuries have been reported at Yokota.

Personnel are asked to minimize travel at this time.

What to Do During an Earthquake
If aftershocks occur, minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.

If indoors:
* DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn't a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
* Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
* Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
* Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load bearing doorway.
* Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
* Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
* DO NOT use the elevators.

If outdoors:
* Stay there.
* Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
* Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Many of the 120 fatalities from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake occurred when people ran outside of buildings only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related casualties
result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

More information can be found by visiting the following websites:



3/13/2011 4:58:21 AM ET
To Captain Shane Andrews and familyFrom Marcee and Larry HammangOur thoughts and prayers are with you all Be safe
Larry, Oregon City OR
3/11/2011 7:40:10 PM ET
Keep safe Thanks for all that you do guys I know you will be stepping up to help the local residents. God Bless You All
Tina Muldoon, Florida
3/11/2011 4:18:53 PM ET
Our prayers are with you all I am so thankful the Yokota base and all the Airforce crews are safe.
Amy Jo Obbink, Holland Michigan
3/11/2011 1:23:36 PM ET
Ive been to Yakota many times going to Korea. I hope and pray everyone is safe amen. James Karanikolaou I was in the 19th infantry 2nd infantry division DMZ camp greaves Combat Support Company CSC..
James Karanikolaou, Orange County California
3/11/2011 1:20:01 PM ET
No reports of anyone hurt have occured at Yokota many people are helping at the Taiyo Community Center with the Red Cross. Even if you're not a RC volunteer you can go sign up and assist. If your familyfriends have registered with the Safe and Well program through the Red Cross you can go to their website httpsdisastersafe.redcross.org to check.
Debi, yokota
3/11/2011 12:32:31 PM ET
My daughter is stationed at Yokota and I am really concern about her safety. She TDY on Wednesday and I have no idea were to. I am praying for all of you. Response from 374 AW/PA: Everyone assigned to Yokota has been accounted for and is ok. If you send us her name and unit, we can ask her unit to ask her to contact you.
3/11/2011 12:00:24 PM ET
Everyone here is thinking about and praying for everyone in Japan during this horrible catastrophe.Stay safe
Diana Dickenson nee Sonnenberg, Eldora IA
3/11/2011 11:08:04 AM ET
My family lives at Yakota too- what is the easiest way to help them Response from 374 AW/PA: A wing wide recall was conducted, all Yokota personnel have been accounted for, and we have not experienced any significant damage to the installation. Please keep your family and all residents of Japan in your thoughts.
Savannah, Texas
3/11/2011 10:56:13 AM ET
I was stationed there and lived in one of the towers on the northeast side of the base. My thoughts are with all of you there. Stay as safe as possible.
Byron Howard, St. Simons Island GA
3/11/2011 10:42:17 AM ET
stay safe guys.....I was stationed there....hope none of the Airmen were out near the main quake
Reyes, NellisAFB
3/11/2011 10:19:47 AM ET
Are any U.S. military or civillian rescue teams being sent to the disaster areas How can U.S. service members volunteer for rescue efforts 374 AW/PA response: We have not yet received an official tasking, we will let you know how you can help when we do.
Cpl Lin, Utsunomiya Japan
3/11/2011 8:46:18 AM ET
Do you all still have power I'm trying to get in touch with my brother who is stationed in Yokota is your cell phones still working Response from 374 AW/PA: Phone service is intermittent, email and social media are the best ways to make contact. However, a wing wide recall was conducted, all Yokota personnel have been accounted for, and we have not experienced any significant damage to the installation.
patrick jackson, okinawa
3/11/2011 8:45:13 AM ET
The best way to contact loved ones is via the Internet. Cell phone and regular phone service is intermittent at this time.
374th AIrlift Wing Public Affairs, Yokota Air Base
3/11/2011 8:11:30 AM ET
My thoughts to all in Japan. My deepest love and prayers to my cousin Rik his wife Jenn and their 2 babies Alanna and Antonio. We love you.
Milisa, New York and Atlanta
3/11/2011 6:30:53 AM ET
Talked to daughter and they are all safe. She lives on base with her family and said the after shocks are still coming. Praying for the people of Japan.
Elaine, NC
3/11/2011 5:45:45 AM ET
What can residents here at Yokota do to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami 374 AW/PA response: Please keep everyone here in your thoughts. We will let you know once volunteers are needed.
Adam, Yokota
3/11/2011 5:24:49 AM ET
If we have family there how do we get in contact with them
Robert, Texas
3/11/2011 2:11:30 AM ET
Stay safe guys
yinette, Australia
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