It will soon be 12 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, but while some people recall painful memories of the mourning sirens that sounded at the time of the March 11 disaster, Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture has a different tone than the tsunami warning sirens. I decided to adopt the one from this year.

In the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, many local governments sound sirens every year at 2:46 p.m.

However, hearing the same sound as at the time of the earthquake brought back painful memories, and some people became mentally unstable. .

Under these circumstances, Shiogama City has decided to sound a calmer tone than the siren played by the tsunami warning throughout the city through the disaster prevention administrative radio.

In Miyagi Prefecture, Natori City and Ishinomaki City continue to mourn sirens for the purpose of signaling silence, raising awareness of disaster prevention among residents, and testing disaster prevention radios. I haven't rung since the next year.

Toshihiro Abe, chief of the Shiogama City General Affairs and Personnel Division, said, "There may be voices saying that it's hard to remember the sound this time, but in that case, I'd like to consider it again next year."

Local people "calm sound" "consideration sound is good"

We asked the locals what they thought of the sirens that Shiogama adopted.

Among them, a woman in her 70s said, "I think a calm sound is fine. A louder sound would be better when calling for evacuation, but considering that more than 10 years have passed since the earthquake, it would be better to be considerate." was

Also, a woman in her teens said, ``There are people around me who remember those days when they hear the sirens, so I think it's good to consider the sound.''

A man in his 30s said, ``I don't think it's necessary to startle the residents with a mourning siren, so a calm tone is better.''