Wednesday Jul 23, 2008

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.

Saturday Jul 19, 2008

Rapid Response

There was an earthquake off the coast of Japan this morning. That's hardly news since the ground moves here all the time. It's like living on a boat. Anyway, this time, I was sitting on the floor (this is Japan, after all) looking at email and, sure enough, the boat moved. Am I going to die, or is this just another one of the million small quakes we feel here? That's the immediate thought. Anyway, then the lights hanging from the ceiling started moving back and forth. It felt like a 4 or so. It was a 6.6 out in the ocean. Just as I got to Twitter to report this, the guy was already on NHK with the Tsunami warnings. That's fast. How do they do it? Perfectly dressed and everything. Was he just sitting there in the studio off camera waiting for a quake to hit so he could get on TV within seconds? It gets even wilder when you get a quake warning before the quake comes. These guys are good. They get a lot of practice.

Monday Oct 01, 2007

5.1

Small quakes rarely wake me up from a good night's sleep. I have to be up already to feel them. Also, I'm sort of used to them now, so the little ones are not jarring at all. But last night I was sleeping away and I thought I was having a dream about the building moving. Then I woke up. Sure enough, the building was moving. This was a 5.1, and depending on the location, it's enough to get anyone's attention. I was pretty groggy, but I think it was about 5 or 6 seconds of swaying back and forth.

Thursday Jul 19, 2007

Project Blackbox Coming to Tokyo

I see that Project Blackbox is coming to Asia and will swing by Tokyo in mid November. Very cool. I wonder where they'll put this thing, though. There's not much room left in Tokyo. But it's a good thing Sun is doing earthquake testing (here, here) as a part of Project Blackbox. Seems like that would be an absolute requirement in the Japanese market. Anyway, when the big black box arrives, I hope to grab a snap or two.

Sunday Nov 19, 2006

Tsunami

Japan issues tsunami warning after quake -- "Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries because it sits atop four tectonic plates." This is so true. It's like living on a boat. The place is always moving. I've already lost track how many times I've felt the ground move around here. The tsunami warning was for the northern part of the island, but it it's still humbling to know that these things are no longer far away.
About


Search

Archives
« April 2014
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
   
       
Today
Bookmarks

No bookmarks in folder