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Whole lotta shakin' goin' on

A few people have asked whether I was affected by this morning's 5.4 magnitude earthquake, centered north of Tokyo.

The answer, thankfully, is no. The quake hit at about 4:40am. It shook our wood-frame house violently, but nothing broke or fell over, and the house doesn't appear to have sustained any damage.

Still, I've been in Japan over three years, and that was the worst quake I've experienced.

It's been over 80 years since the last major quake hit Tokyo, and since they tend to come along about once every 75 years, experts say we're due for another big one that could strike at any moment.

Oh well, if it does hit (and I survive), I'll be poised to do some first-hand disaster blogging.

But I hope it doesn't.


Anonymous said...

Sheesh. Scary stuff.

My sister used to live in L.A., and she said her dog and cats acted really wierd just before a quake, so if she was awake and saw them behaving a certain way, she'd get a sort of early warning.

Did your girlfriend's dog act funny, or was he as surprised as both of you were?


Posted by Sharon

Anonymous said...

The dog was at her parents' house at the time, so we didn't get to see if it was able to predict the quake. But I've definitely heard of animals being able to sense eqrthquakes before they strike. 

Posted by GaijinBiker

Anonymous said...

Unless the next quake is huge, I bet Tokyo is prepared for it. 

Posted by Anonymous



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