Disaster Prevention and Emergency Procedures Guide for Non-Japanese Residents
Disaster Prevention Guidebook for Foreigners Now Available (FREE)

Ishikawa Prefectural Government has produced a guide in multiple languages (Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese) to make residents of all nationalities in Ishikawa aware of the different natural disasters they may encounter in the prefecture. Click on the link below to download the guide.

●Disaster Prevention Guidebook for Foreigners(PDF:5.78KB)

Types of natural disasters in Ishikawa Prefecture

★In case of Ishikawa Prefecture, it is necessary to be prepared against possible earthquakes, typhoons, heavy rains and heavy snowfall.

★In the last 20 years (as of 2010), Ishikawa has experienced all kinds of natural disasters, ranging from earthquakes to heavy snowfall, a number of times.

Earthquakes in Ishikawa
  • Japan is a country with frequent earthquakes.

  • There have been 3 large earthquakes in last 20 years in Ishikawa Prefecture.
    March 2007 Noto Peninsula Earthquake M 6.9
    June 2000 Ishikawa-ken Seiho-oki Earthquake M 5.8
    February 1993 Noto Hanto (Peninsula)-oki Earthquake M 6.6
Typhoons / Heavy Rains in Ishikawa
  • Due to its geographical conditions, Ishikawa Prefecture is one of the Japanese regions with the highest precipitation levels.
  • Last 20 years have shown a tendency towards an increase in the typhoons and heavy rains.
  • Especially, concentrated heavy rains or extremely heavy downpours are on rise.
  • July 2008: Flooding of Asano-gawa River caused by heavy rainfall.
    July 2006: Flood damage caused by heavy rainfall.
    August – October 2004: 3 typhoon disasters
Damage caused by snowfall in the past
  • Heavy snowfalls or extremely heavy snowfalls have shown a decreasing tendency in the last 20 years.
    Note: The years 1981, 1984 and 1986 recorded extremely heavy snowfalls. Since then, there has been no occurrence of such extreme snowfall.
  • However, it snows every year in Ishikawa and therefore it is necessary to take all necessary preparatory measures.
  • January 2001: Damage caused by heavy snowfall.

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