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That Was a Bit Big

February 1st, 2006

Just a few minutes ago, we had a fairly strong quake. Not things-falling-off-of-shelves strong, but certainly should-I-rush-for-a-doorway strong. It was a 5.1 to 5.3 on the Richter scale, centered just northeast of Funabashi City.

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  1. February 2nd, 2006 at 13:46 | #1

    eh, 5.3? The Ritcher Scale is one point above the japanese scale?

    I live now in Kashiwa (just north of Funabashi), and here it was a medium, although long, earthquake. According to NHK it was a weak four in Tokyo (maybe near where you are) and somewhere to the north of here I forgot the name…

    Anyway, I was kinda missing them quakes :-)

  2. Luis
    February 2nd, 2006 at 15:34 | #2

    If I’m not mistaken, they’re simply different scales–the Richter is a precise logarithmic scale measuring energy; the Japanese scale is more of an event scale–at 4.0, this happens, at 5.0 that happens, etc. I don’t think there’s a direct correlation, at least not an easy one.

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