地震だ (+_+)

8 May

A fairly big 地震 (earthquake) just hit Japan!

The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean near 茨城県 (Ibaraki Prefecture) north of Tokyo.

It registered a “5” on the Japanese earthquake scale (Japan doesn’t use the Richter Scale). The Japanese Shindo Earthquake Scale goes from 1 (mild tremors) up to 7 (can topple buildings).

One main difference between the Japanese scale and the Richter Scale is that the Richter Scale assigns an earthquake one rating based on it’s strength at the epicenter…but the Japanese scale assigns an earthquake different ratings for how strong it was at different locations.

So, this earthquake was a level five at the epicenter, but in Tokyo it registered a level three. Big enough to shake our apartment, but nothing fell down in our house…and my kids slept right through it.

But it raised my wife’s and my heart-rate.

A Japanese expression, translated into English, says that the four scariest things are, in order:

Earthquakes, lightning, fire, and a father’s wrath.

I hate earthquakes!

7 Responses to “地震だ (+_+)”

  1. Mom May 19, 2008 at 9:49 am #

    Hello Everyone, We returned home from our 2 wk. vacation to florida and texas almost a wk ago and I want to catch up on the latest news. We had the best time, as always, w/ Julie & family for the first 10 days at the condo. Our sweet little gr’sons were so much fun to be with. Carter just about lived in the pool w/ “Pa Pa” and Graham is so chubby and cuddley (spelling right? not sure he would appreciate that description but he is that way for now anyway. He crawls and he goes fast, we had to keep eyes on him at all times. He is a real heavy wgt too, I could barely carry him and he doesn’t like to sit on laps for long. Carter is so grown up now and seems to love being the big brother. we had lot of fun there but then my back started acting up and by the time we got to Dallas, I could barely walk! what a downer. I couldn’t attend Mb’s graduation, which made me sad but Dad was there and they took lots of photos and came back to her beautifully decorated apt. with a delicious dinner for all of us. we had such a wonderful, fun visit with the newlyweds too, even inspite of my back holding me back. We haven’t seen either daughter and families in such a long time that it was just fun to be around them. The only thing we missed was all of you. we need to have another family reunion!! this time it should be in Japan-I think that would be fair. of course, money to get there and back is our biggest challenge, so maybe we should start buying some lottery tickets.
    Bobby, the website has changed again and it is very interesting w/ lots of info about Japan. I want to spend some time to really read through it when I have more time. I am with you about the earthquakes too-I hope you never have another one in Japan. They must be terrifying. love you, Mom

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  2. tokyo5 May 12, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    Carol….

    >water doesn’t seem to keep things calm.

    No, I believe most earthquakes that hit Japan are centered in either the Pacific Ocean or the Sea Of Japan.

    >We have tremors and small ones often, mostly ones that aren’t felt.

    Same here.

    They say that Tokyo is overdue for another big one. I hope it never happens!

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  3. Aunt Carol May 11, 2008 at 1:36 am #

    Hi,
    I just got time to look at this and wanted to weigh in on earthquakes. First, I’m glad you are all right (except having been scared)!
    A few years ago on 2/14/01, we had a 6.8 (Richter scale) one that did many millions of dollars of damage, though no one died. Starbucks’ newly restored (old beautiful building) headquarters sustained $millions damage itself alone. My office shook visibly and the floor went in waves, as the quake did its thing. All phone lines were overloaded and cell phones didn’t work. I was at work and Leah was home and Luke was at school. I was nearly hysterical, not knowing if everyone was okay. The epicenter was in the Puget Sound, so water doesn’t seem to keep things calm. Entire homes and roads went away! That was very scary!! We have tremors and small ones often, mostly ones that aren’t felt.

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  4. tokyo5 May 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    Linda…

    Hopefully no real big earthquakes hit Guatemala or Tokyo…ever!

    Even the small ones are stressful—I never want to experience one that flattens the city!

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  5. Aunt Linda May 8, 2008 at 4:24 am #

    We had one the other week that lasted at least half a minute of shaking, but it wasn’t too bad–the tremor’s epicenter was in Esquintla, which is a few hours from here, but probably less than 100 miles away. We get a lot of tremors, but thank heavens, no bad earthquakes since 1976, thirteen years before I moved here. The lake seems to absorb a lot of the movement, I’m thinking.

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  6. tokyo5 May 8, 2008 at 2:55 am #

    >I’ve never been in an earthquake, even a mild one.

    And you don’t want to! I’ve seen more than enough!
    My first one was in California, actually.

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  7. Mb May 8, 2008 at 2:49 am #

    I’m glad it wasn’t bad and everyone is okay! That is scary. I’ve never been in an earthquake, even a mild one.

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