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Quake at Work

October 19th, 2005

I was just wrapping up things at the office when we all felt a strong, long swaying quake. The swaying seemed to indicate it was distant, and so it was–and it was strong, a Magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale, located about 40 km off the coast of Chiba and Ibaraki, about 140 km distant from central Tokyo, where I am now. Looks like it was a “4” or so in Tokyo.

Update: turns out it was a 6.5, and the damage was minimal. There have been quite a few medium-sized quakes in the recent past, prompting me to wonder: does an increase in the number of quakes mean that pressure on tectonic plates is being relieved, increased, or is not being affected one way or the other? Are these smaller quakes alleviating pressure that would otherwise be released all at once in The Big One? Or are they precursors to The Big One? Or am I just putting too much into all this?

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  1. ykw
    October 20th, 2005 at 01:25 | #1

    Stay Safe !!!

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