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A week after a moderate earthquake rocked and rolled the Kanto Plain, pupils at Arnn Elementary School at Sagamihara Housing Area near Tokyo will be able to recreate the experience Wednesday as part of an Earthquake Awareness program at the school.

The daylong event will feature an earthquake truck and smokehouse brought in by the Sagamihara City Fire Department that allows children to safely experience earthquakes and house fires.

The earthquake truck’s interior looks like a room with a kitchen and can simulate earthquakes with a range of magnitudes, from small to major tremors. It teaches kids how to move around and find safety.

It can simulate specific major earthquakes that have hit Japan to show how serious the incidents were.

The smokehouse uses a tent filled with clean, odorless smoke to show the effects of reduced visibility and how smoke rises during a fire.

In addition to Sagamihara’s simulators, Camp Zama’s Fire Department will bring fire trucks for display and the Safety Office will provide safety information.

Wednesday’s event, originally scheduled for last November but rained out, will be held in the school parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The truck will be open to members of the local community starting at 2:15.


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