2020 Volume 11 Issue 2 Pages 37-40
It is unsafe to immediately return to an evacuated science or engineering building that stores and handles chemicals after a major earthquake. A questionnaire-based survey was conducted targeting students at a national university in Japan to explore chemical hazard perception and post-evacuation behavior of non-chemistry background students following a major earthquake. The survey incorporated 11 situational questions, and the participants rated the extent to which they were likely to return to their building after a major earthquake in each situation. The results indicated that the students were likely to return if they had evacuated without their personal belongings, and majority of the students did not recognize the risks associated with chemical hazards.