6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Tokyo.


More on the March 11 Quake:  “Powerful Quake Rocks Northern Japan”



Re:  the November 2010 Quake . . .  From the Christian Science Monitor:

TOKYO (Nov 30, 2010) – A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s southern coast Tuesday, shaking a broad swath of the country and swaying buildings in downtown Tokyo.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported, and Japan’s meteorological agency said there was no danger of a tsunami.

The temblor hit at 12:25 p.m. local time (0325 GMT), with the epicenter near the Ogasawara Islands, about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the main Japanese island, the agency said. It struck at a depth of 300 miles (480 kilometers).

Here’s the AP report, which is basically the same.

And here’s a brief description of my own experience, from a little over five years ago, at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo (excerpted from this post on hotels in Japan):

In 2005, at the Tokyo New Otani, I and some friends — and several hundred other people sitting in the first floor restaurant, the one the has the huge glass windows overlooking that hotel’s famous garden — experienced a nice little undulating, shaking earthquake.  I was, shall we say, concerned that those same huge windows were going to shatter.  A little later, as I went up to one of the top floors to check on my then-business partner (on his very first trip to Japan), it occurred to me that he probably felt the shaking a lot more, be high up in a hotel tower.  As earthquakes in Japan go, it was not a Big One (lasted about 10-15 seconds), but my business partner was visibly shaken when he came to the door.  He told me that he “screamed like a little girl.”

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A hazy morning in Tokyo. May 24, 2010.

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On September 1, 1923 the quake that became known as “The Great Kanto Earthquake” struck, with its epicenter just south of Tokyo.  The 8.2 magnitude quake devastated Japan’s capital.  Almost 130,000 people were killed by the quake, collapsing buildings and fires that swept through the city in its wake.  A horrible thing.  Kanto is the region of Japan in the middle of Honshu (the predominate) Island, with Tokyo in its center.

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