INTRODUCTION: An earthquake registering point 6 on the Richter Scale shook Tokyo today - a day after twelve million people took part in a massive evacuation drill organised by city authorities.The exercise was carried out on the 58th anniversary of another earthquake which shook Japan and killed 100,000 people.
GV INTERIOR Experts on earthquake ZOOM IN man pointing at map. CU Map. (2 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Another meeting. CU Man broadcasting messages ZOOM INTO control panel. (3 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Drill team meeting. CU Man briefing team. (2 SHOTS)
CU Bell struck in Shizouka City PULL OUT TO GV.
GV & SV People leaving as part of drill. (3 SHOTS)
CU Women setting up field kitchen. (3 SHOTS)
GV Ships with troops landing. (3 SHOTS)
GV & AV Buildings ZOOM IN GV People evacuating buildings.
CU INTERIOR People leaving. GV EXTERIORS People directed by officials. (3 SHOTS)
GV & CU INTERIOR Children putting on hoods in class.
GV INTERIOR Children leaving. GV EXTERIOR Children leaving. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An earthquake registering point 6 on the Richter Scale shook Tokyo today - a day after twelve million people took part in a massive evacuation drill organised by city authorities.The exercise was carried out on the 58th anniversary of another earthquake which shook Japan and killed 100,000 people.
SYNOPSIS: The exercise was as realistic as possible with experts meeting to try and predict when the imaginary quake would hit.
The Shizouka City government was also in session and sent out the alarm.Trains were stopped and people instructed to go out into the open fields.But evacuees were regularly reminded that it was only a drill to be carried out in the event of a real disaster.
The alarm bells were struck.
People flooded out of their homes and places of work in answer.It was an orderly evacuation perhaps of more calm than the real thing would be.Field kitchens were quickly set up to feed the supposedly homeless.
Military helicopters and coastguard vessels also received the alert.And troops were landed from the vessels to help restore order to the make-believe chaos.
High-rise buildings were evacuated, including the forty-floor Shinjuku building.The biggest passenger-carrying railway station in the world, at Shinjuku, also came to a halt and traffic on Tokyo roads was travelling at less than twenty kilometres per hour.The exercises were held in ten districts throughout the Tokyo and Kanto regions.
In the Shinjuku Primary School the children were issued with protective hoods and identity cards before leaving the classroom.The value of the exercise was shown when earth tremors shook Tokyo the following day (2 September).