April 9, 2011

Motion Sickness Affecting Some Japanese

Countless aftershocks that have shaken the already ravaged country of Japan from the initial 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11 have been blamed on the increasing number of people experiencing motion sickness, reports the AFP news agency.

"We are seeing a sharp increase in the number of patients complaining of dizziness," the Mejiro University Clinic said on its website.

Hideaki Sakata, chief physician at the clinic, which specializes in ear, nose and throat conditions, said in his blog that the people are "likely experiencing 'earthquake sickness', a condition similar to motion sickness."

The northeastern region of the country has dealt with nearly 400 aftershocks stronger than magnitude 5.0 as of Friday morning. Countless smaller temblors have also hit the area, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Japanese media have reported that the motion sickness has affected people in Tokyo, more than 175 miles away from the quake epicenters.

Sakata said keeping to fixed routines such as getting up and going to bed at about the same time every day can ease the effects of motion sickness. Just relaxing helps a lot, he added.