Second Quake in a Week

We had a pretty big earthquake in Japan on the northern part of Honshu (the main island) about 45 min ago. It was 6.9 up there, but probably about 4 or so in Tokyo where I am. A 4 is not big here, but this one shook for about a minute. Most small quakes around here are about 15 seconds or so, but this one kept on going. There were pre-warnings for this, and I saw many reports on Twitter from friends all around Japan during and after. The NHK dudes were on TV immediately, too.
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Was enough to wake me up (but not my wife...) According to this it was actually a 2 around here:

http://typhoon.yahoo.co.jp/weather/jp/earthquake/2008-07-24-00-26.html

The whole richter vs shindo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Meteorological_Agency_seismic_intensity_scale) thing is interesting. I don't recall there being anything above shindo 4 around here in the last 7 years. A shindo 6 doesn't sound like any description of fun.

Posted by Jon Ellis on July 24, 2008 at 02:30 AM JST #

oh yeah - i felt this one too! made me wonder why CA and Japan are my two target markets as of late!

Posted by Chinarut on July 24, 2008 at 05:43 AM JST #

Yah, I get confused about scale they are using. It was the biggest one around here since I've been here (or the biggest one I have felt, anyway). It wasn't big so much as it was long. There was a 6 or so out in Nagano last year that did some damage to my wife's family's house and it knocked my father-in-law right off his feet. He was fine. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on July 24, 2008 at 02:25 PM JST #

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