It’s Relative, I Suppose
December 8th, 2013
Did you hear the news? Oklahoma had a big earthquake! A 4.5 on the Richter scale! OK, nobody's actually calling it a “big” quake. But it's making the news. The thing is, hearing about this in Tokyo, it's kind of risible. I mean, we had a 4.2 just two days ago, on Friday, and a 4.3 the day before that. In the news report, however, they make note of Oklahoma's “strongest earthquake on record,” back in November of 2011—a 5.6 on the Richter scale. Yeah, we know what that's like. We had a 5.5 last Tuesday. Right after a 4.7, with a 4.6 two days before that. Fact is, we tend to have at least four or five quakes in the 4-range every week, and a five-point-something every week or two. And we tend to get a quake around 7 on the scale every few months. As for 2011, well, you know what we got that year. It reminds me of living in Toyama, on the Japan Sea side of Japan,where we got several meters of snow each year, and it was typical to have several feet of snow on the ground at any one time. Then we would watch the news on TV and laugh at the big reports of Tokyo getting a few inches of snow, and everything shut down.