Today, there was a magnitude 7.3 earthquake off the coast of Tohoku in northern Japan. It happened near the same spot as the 3/11 earthquake last year. This time, it wasn’t so big, but it was the biggest earthquake I’ve felt in quite some time. It was still a big earthquake.
Here in Kanagawa, it was a 3 on the Japanese intensity scale, which basically means we felt a lot of shaking. It was quite long, too. Up in Tohoku, TV newscasters were urging people to evacuate the coast, remember 3/11. There was a tsunami warning issued, and a 1 metre wave hit the coast. It could have been worse.
To everyone around the world, and especially to my friends and family in Canada, USA and elsewhere, we’re fine. There’s no damage. Our evening is carrying on as usual. So don’t worry!
Ever wonder what an earthquake feels like? Check out this description on my other blog.
There’s so much focus on the nuclear problem that’s happening in Japan, I think many people are forgetting the victims of the tsunami. There are tens of thousands of people in shelters waiting for food and water that isn’t being delivered fast enough. People in the Tokyo area need to make sure they conserve gas and stop hoarding food. It’s making it difficult for the victims to receive much needed aid.
I’d also like to mention that there are several charities that you can donate to. If you can, please donate.
I’m just writing to let everyone know that things are fine where I live. No damage at home, other than the dining area light hanging at an angle, a few things knocked over and all the sliding doors were open. I got back to Shonandai around 10:50pm last night. Thankfully, the Sotetsu Line started up, and I could take the train home. Today, there are still aftershocks going on quite frequently, but not as big as yesterday. With 5 nuclear reactors in trouble, and a possible meltdown happening at one, electricity supplied to the Tokyo area is getting really tight, and there may be blackouts in many places. There’s also a possibility of an aftershock that is around magnitude 8 in the future. We have to continue to be prepared for that. To anyone living in the affected areas, try to conserve electricity.