Monday, July 16, 2007

all is well

Thank you for your concern! We did feel the earthquake this morning (our apartment shook a few times), and the big aftershock this afternoon (was actually sitting in the movie theatre waiting for 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' to start when the theatre swayed slightly) but the epicentre was about 250 km northwest of Tokyo so it was far enough away that a little bit of shaking was all we got here.
Niigata, on the Japan Sea Coast, received the brunt of the 6.8 magnitude quake and watching the news this evening, there was quite a bit of damage and many people have evacuated. This same area had another 6.8 earthquake about 3 years ago as well, the deadliest since the 1995 one in Kobe that killed thousands.
Having never experienced a major quake, only minor tremors from time to time, you get kind of complacent. We do have an earthquake kit but we often don't think about it happening here. This is a reminder of just how fragile the land really is.

*Image from BBC News. Click on image for pictures of the earthquake from the BBC.

13 comments:

  1. So glad you're safe!!! Hope you still enjoyed the movie! Can't wait to hear what you thought of it.

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  2. Thanks Heather! I'm not sure what it says about me, I'm really much too complacent, but the little shake didn't bother me in the least and I quickly forgot about it until we were watching the news this evening!
    I really need to get to bed so will post about the movie tomorrow.

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  3. Glad to hear all is well! I was in Kobe 5 years after the devastating 1995 earthquake, and it was still a difficult memory for the family I stayed with. I'm glad to hear that this earthquake, while tragic, is not as bad as that one.

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  4. I heard about the quake this morning when I was at the gym and I kept hoping you were okay. Glad things are good.

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  5. Thanks for posting. I'm so glad to hear all is well.

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  6. How scary... We don't fear earthquakes where I am. Fear of tornadoes is a biggie though. Anyway, so glad to hear all is good!

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  7. I'm glad you're safe and sound. What a way to begin Harry Potter!

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  8. Nyssaneala,
    Thanks. The Kobe quake was really tragic. Many from that area are still traumatized by it. Yes, luckily this one was relatively smaller in comparison.

    Kookie,
    Things are good. Thanks.

    Thanks Joy.

    Iliana,
    I remember having tornado drills, growing up in Manitoba. Then switching to earthquake drills when we moved to B.C.

    Thanks Donna!

    Robin,
    Thanks. Would've been interesting if it'd happened during a battle scene or some tense moment! It was just a slight tremor though so it actually wasn't very scary.

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  9. Oh, thank goodness. I'm ridiculously late finding out this news and so glad to hear you're okay.

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  10. Thanks! I avoid news some days so I'm often behind too.

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  11. I thought about you when I heard the news and was going to write to ask you if everything was OK when I saw a comment from you on someone's blog to say that everything was alright. I was so relieved!

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  12. Lotus,
    Thanks for thinking of us. :)

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