So, About Last Night’s Earthquake

I was sitting in the sofa writing my last blog post when the TV gave a loud warning tone. On the screen was an early earthquake warning in Japanese and English. An earthquake was about to happen. The epicenter was in Nagano, the mountainous prefecture famous for skiing and the 1998 Winter Olympics.

The ground didn’t start shaking, though. The laundry and the lights were swinging a lot, but I didn’t feel any shaking and there were no creaking sounds I usually hear during an earthquake. I sat as still as possible. There it was. A very slow but significant rocking movement. Imagine being on a big boat that was gently rocking and you’d understand the feeling.

This wasn’t a small earthquake. Far from it. It was strong, magnitude 6.8. The depth was 10 km. I didn’t hear about any damage or casualties last night, but from what little I’ve seen through Facebook this morning, there have been some collapsed buildings and 22 people injured.

Yes, it was a pretty significant earthquake. The slow rocking movement was very deceptive. We were actually moving a lot, just not in sharp jolts. Very strange feeling. I wouldn’t have known if I were standing up.

14 thoughts on “So, About Last Night’s Earthquake”

  1. From the looks of JMA it seems like it was a series of earthquakes rather than just one, which might explain the length of it. Glad to hear you’re ok, and hope the damage in Nagano wasn’t too bad.

        1. That’s great! I know Kamakura fairly well, so if you need any advice about where to go, ask me. Unfortunately, while you’re in Japan, I’ll be working some overtime, so I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere to meet you. However, if you’re near Yokohama station area on a Monday, there’s a possibility.

          1. I did plan to take a day trip into Yokohama, so I’m sure I can manage that. Depending on what time, I can either get off the train and meet you on my way from Tokyo to Kamakura or I can go and check in and come back. I arrive Sunday and am sleeping just one night close to the airport. Just let me know when you might be free and we’ll work it out. 🙂

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