Quake Under Fuji

March 15th, 2011

We just felt a sizable quake–and it wasn’t on the original fault line. This one was right under Mt. Fuji. It came just a few minutes after a different tremor.

Not very comforting…

Update: It was a 6.0 quake, but a “strong 6” on the Japanese effect-based scale. Looks like the quake that preceded it was a 3.0 in the same area. Strictly rumor only, not news-related or from any expert: it’s possibly volcano-related (update–nothing on the news about that, it’s probably nothing volcanic).

10:40 pm: we’re feeling another aftershock.

10:44 pm: another aftershock just a minute ago.

10:50 pm: it looks like the quake just before the big one was actually a 6.2 in Fukushima, at 10:28 pm. After the 6.0 in Shizuoka a few minutes later (10:31 pm), we got aftershocks: a 5.6 in Fukushima at 10:38, a 4.0 in Yamanashi at 10:40, then a 3.6 in Shizuoka at 10:43, followed by a 3.2 in Shizuoka at 10:46, and a 2.9 in Yamanashi at 10:49.

So, effectively, we’re being shaken from both sides here.

11:04: reports on the news coming in from Shizuoka tells of stuff falling off of shelves, some damage near the epicenter.

Under the Japanese Seismic Intensity Scale, in a “strong 6” (which this one was), it is “impossible to keep standing and to move without crawling,” and “Most heavy and unfixed furniture moves and falls.” In this kind of quake, “less earthquake-resistant” houses can collapse and more resistant houses can sustain serious damage.

We’ll have to see how this one turns out.

  1. matthew
    March 16th, 2011 at 00:39 | #1

    This worries me. Fuji-san is a volcano. If this stuff triggers Fuji-san to blow then we are looking at….well i just dont want to think about it.

  2. Tim Kane
    March 16th, 2011 at 00:45 | #2

    2012, Mayan style@matthew

  3. Troy
    March 16th, 2011 at 01:04 | #3

    Now you can kinda see how the pre-historical Japanese came to believe in kami . . .

  4. matthew
    March 16th, 2011 at 01:37 | #4


    It all will end. Or at least our tiny quadrant will…someday…eventually. And then someday the heat death of the universe..but I dont dare claim any knowledge of that or pretty much anything on such grand scales. I gave it all up when I learned how vast the universe was and how small we are in it all. When it takes 13 hours to fly from New York to Tokyo but it would take about 20 years to fly from Tokyo to the Sun…well it all kind of made me insignificant…in the greater, bigger picture.

    Thanks for all the fish!

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