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6.1 off of Fukushima

June 13th, 2010

About 20 minutes ago, there was a 6.1-magnitude quake about 60km off the cost of Fukushima, about 120 km away from Fukushima City. Sachi and I felt it pretty distinctly, despite being 270 km distant; it shook the building, swaying some furniture.


On the Japanese seismic intensity scale (a scale based on the effect a quake has on the ground rather than simple energy measurements), it measured a lower “5,” which means that some books and dishes might fall onto the floor, some damage could occur to buildings, and people might find it hard to move during the quake.

I got a free app for the iPad, Earthquake Lite, which does a pretty good job of showing quake info worldwide. It took about 5 minutes for this quake to show up on their list. When you get the info, it lays it out like this:


In this case, Tenki.jp (where the image at top came from) got the notice up immediately; Bosai, strangely, didn’t get it until much later.

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