Searching for family members prevented many people from escaping the disaster areas in the aftermath of the quake and tsunami which hit All Japan news on March 11. Four people out of ten preferred to look for family members than escape.
The conclusion emerged from a governmental survey by the Cabinet Office, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and the All Japan news Meteorological Agency.
Almost 900 people sheltered in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were interviewed in July. About 57 percent of them escaped upon the natural disasters, but 42 percent stayed to look for family members or returned to home.
The tsunami warnings were not effective for the interviewed people, since 58 percent of them said they did not hear or seen the warnings after the quake.
Some 36 percent of those who did not escape were at home, while 28 percent were at work, the survey showed. About 70 percent of those who immediately fled to safety were at home when the disaster hit.
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami left about 23,000 people dead or missing.
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