Earthquakes

Ok I was working on another post, and right in the middle my apartment began to shake. The pictures I wanted to use for the other post weren’t turning out, so, what the heck, now is as good a time as any to talk about the unavoidable topic of earthquakes.

This isn’t the first one I’ve felt since I’ve been here. There have been about four or so close enough for me to feel. The first two I missed because I was sleeping. Something that people in parts of the states who experience earthquakes on a regular basis don’t tell you is that they happen all the time. Not every earthquake is a big one.

Since Japan has so many earthquakes, they have become crazy fast at giving you information about them. I felt the earthquake at around 12:35 by 12:40 there was information about the seismic intensity and the epicenter on Japan’s meteorological website. This website isn’t just updated super fast. It’s also in English.

http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html

You can also find information about the weather and any alerts about your area. They have radar. Sometimes I laugh at the alerts. Yesterday we had a dry air advisory. Other times I just find them interesting.

Some things in Japan can be kind of slow. This is not one of them.

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4 thoughts on “Earthquakes

    1. It really wasn’t a big deal. I think that’s what I’m trying to get across. There are something like a couple hundred small earthquakes every year. I happen to be in an area far enough away from every major fault line to be considered pretty safe. The same is true of volcanoes too.

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