Our first earthquake

6 06 2009

We just experienced our first earthquake in Japan (well, the first that we felt). The earthquake hit at 2.52pm and was felt all the way from Chiba prefecture to Shizuoka in the south west, Nagano and Niigata to the north west and Sendai up north in Miyagi prefecture.

From Japan Meteorological Agency, www.jma.go.jp

From Japan Meteorological Agency, http://www.jma.go.jp

The epicentre was out in the ocean to the East of Japan. 30km deep it was 5.9 on the richter scale, although the Seismic Intensity was only 2 in Kisarazu.

From Japan Meteorological Agency, www.jma.go.jp

From Japan Meteorological Agency, http://www.jma.go.jp

I was sitting in a chair at the dining table when I felt the chair and floor sway underneath me, like when on a boat and the waves rock the boat. After about 30 seconds it passed – no damage was caused, although I still feel a bit seasick…