Ooh, Earthquake

Never done this before.  Making a blog post during an earthquake.  But don’t worry, it’s not a big one, just a little shaking.

Update: Just a little one. Magnitude 4.7 at 9:56 am JST in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.  Depth was 70 km. Pretty deep.  No damage, no tsunami, just your ordinary everyday earthquake in Japan.

So, how’s your day?

15 thoughts on “Ooh, Earthquake”

    1. Take Peggy’s advice. She’s right. Also, stay away from anything hanging on the wall. You don’t need a picture falling on you.

      I’ve been through so many earthquakes now they don’t surprise me anymore. For a small one like the one we had yesterday, most people just ignore it. Actually, many people didn’t even know it happened. You’re unlikely to experience a big one, but if you do, go to a door and stand in the doorway. A hotel room is unlikely to have a strong table to hide under.

      1. Would a bathroom doorway be good enough or does it have to be a major structural wall? And what happens when you’re in a restaurant or something? Surely there aren’t enough doorways for everyone to stand in…
        Thanks for the advice! 😀

        1. Bathroom doorway should be fine. The hotel room doorway would be better, but they’re usually very close to each other. Just don’t get hit by the door 🙂

          In a restaurant, not much you can do but sit tight and wait it out. Not sure how strong the tables are.

  1. Linda, I worked in Los Angeles on the 18th floor during a very large (not the 1989 monster, however). The swaying was pretty intense. On the good side, a lot of structural engineering has allowed that to happen instead of having a more disastrous outcome
    For advice. Primary: Stay away from windows. Other than that the regular advice. Get into a doorway, or under a strong piece of furniture (like a heavy table). Duck and cover your head at a minimum. Stay where you are for a teensy bit after the initial shaking, there may be more to come.
    By the way, I don’t miss the west coast’s earthquakes!

    1. You’re right about the swaying. I’d rather have the building sway than shake very hard. Swaying means it’s more flexible and safer to be in. Tall buildings are generally safer than a house during an earthquake.

      1. Yes, it is a terrifying event, whether you’re at ground level (gravity makes things fall!) or up high. That’s what I grew up with, but it wasn’t anything I ever got used to. What terrifies me more is the thought of a tornado.

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