7.1 quake gets my attention


No damage, no injuries reported, so a majority of Japanese will likely shrug it off and forget about it.  On the other hand, I will remember the 3 a.m. roller coaster ride that the 19th fl. of this Shinjuku hotel provided.   I suppose I should not be surprised after all the years I’ve lived in the SF area (as well as about 8 years in Japan), but I’m still awestruck at the power of these tectonic shifts.  The map above shows how far away from Tokyo the quake was (and how close to Fukushima).  

But wait, you say…wasn’t the 1989 Loma Prieta / World Series earthquake in SF area the same size?  Actually, it was 7.1 (some say 6.9) and had the following effect:

The Loma Prieta earthquake, also known as the Quake of ’89 and the World Series Earthquake,[4] was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989, at 5:04 pm local time. Caused by a slip along the San Andreas Fault, the quake lasted 10–15 seconds[1] and measured 6.9 on both themoment magnitude scale[5] (surface-wave magnitude 7.1) and on the open-ended Richter Scale.[1] The quake killed 63[2] people throughout Northern California, injured 3,757[3] and left some 3,000–12,000[1][6][7][8] people homeless.

So the Japanese will continue to ride upon the slippery cosmic catfish whose movements cause earthquakes…as I head to another region prone to even more seismic “adjustments” on Monday.    Dear Mother Earth….be gentle w/ us fragile humans, even though after all the environmental damage we’ve caused, we hardly deserve it.



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