I’m sure you’ve heard the sad news coming from Japan. From what I’ve read, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan and sent a devastating tsunami towards the northeastern coast.
Thankfully, my family and I are safe and sound. We live south of Tokyo, so we were unaffected by the tsunami. We did, however, feel the earthquake. It was by far the strongest earthquake we’d ever felt during our time here. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) measures the strength of earthquake by region with a scale from 1 (weakest) to 7 (strongest). My region felt a 2 (according to the JMA website). The regions closest to the quake felt 6-7. I can’t imagine what a 4 feels like, let alone a 6-7.
We were just sitting down to a nice lunch on a beautiful spring-like day. All of a sudden, the floor began to shake and our hanging pots and lamps began to sway. “Just another earthquake.” I thought and kept eating. We’d gotten pretty used to the small quakes that occur from time to time, but this time, the rumbling just kept escalating. I then realized how unprepared we were for earthquakes. The quake wasn’t debilitating, so I didn’t head under the table or go into the closet for safety. I turned off our gas stove and checked to see if the internet was still working. Luckily, it was and I immediately googled “japan quake”. I eventually found the JMA site and the map of Japan on the main page was littered with multi-coloured dots indicating areas that were struck by the earthquake. It was a bittersweet feeling seeing that our area had a blue or “weak” dot on it, while the hardest hit areas had red and purple dots on them, signifying JMA 6-7s.
The quake eventually died down and we began seeing all the news stories pop up. We saw footage of the damage that the quake had caused and the tsunami ripping through cities. It was scary seeing cars and homes being washed away like toys, knowing that they had people in them. We were and are thankful that we did not experience that horror and the people that were affected are in our thoughts. It’s almost unbelievable, especially to someone from the sturdy lands of Canada, that the carnage that is making world headlines happened just a few hours away.
Thank you for your concern, everyone! Lots of love from relatives, friends and you awesome readers from around the world! :D I hope that everyone affected and everyone that may be affected, especially places that are not as prepared as Japan, stays safe during this disaster.
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