10.Block ・ Stone fence walls

Most of the deaths from the earthquake off Miyagi prefecture in 1978 were caused by the collapse of block fence walls.Collapsed fence walls may block roads. This obstructs evacuations, rescue operations, and fire-fighting activities.

●There are municipal codes regulating the structures of block fence walls. Walls that don't comply with the codes are extremely dangerous. Stone walls require especially close attention, as it is difficult to connect the stones by conventional tying methods.
●Ask an expert to check the strength of your block or stone wall, and remove or reinforce the wall if necessary. If your fence wall is dangerous, it may be effective to change to a planted fence.
●Some local municipalities grant subsidies for the removal or reinforcement of a wall. Ask your local municipality for details.