Japan Enables City-Wide Free Wi-Fi in Wake of Osaka Earthquake

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One of the more powerful earthquakes this decade struck the Osaka prefecture Monday morning killing — at the time of this article — four citizens and injuring over 300.

As a result, major telecommunications companies and the “Wireless LAN Business Promotion Liaison Committee” have activated free Wi-Fi spots from carrier companies throughout the prefecture for use. Mobile phone users will be able to use wireless LAN by accessing the network “00000JAPAN,” a unified network used during large-scale disasters. This initiative is in response to the difficulties Japan faced after the great Tohoku Earthquake that struck in March of 2011. Survivors of the quake then found it hard to contact and communicate with loved ones due to wide-scale damage and communication difficulties brought upon a nationwide disaster.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake, epicentered over Takatsuki, Osaka, damaged buildings and left many homes without water or gas, and trains without power. It also halted flights and most public transportation for everyone in the area. Additionally, more damage and complications are expected as aftershocks are now on warning. View some of the tweets below of the damage from the Osaka public.

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