Thursday, October 07, 2004

Earthquake:

A moderate earthquake occurred at 14:40:39 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 6, 2004. The magnitude 5.8 event has been located in NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) 
In Ibaraki we felt about a 4.0 we are all ok. Just thought you might like to know.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Japan uses the Shindo earthquake scale rather than the Richter scale. A four on the Shindo system would be very frightening for students who have never been in an earthquake, but is not serious.

Japan consists of four main islands, from north to south: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu.  The capital, Tokyo, most major cities, and Ibaraki prefecture are all located on Honshu. Ibaraki Christian is central Ibaraki Prefecture, directly northeast of Tokyo.

Most of Ibaraki prefecture is located in a relatively safe earthquake zone. It is considered unlikely that Ibaraki will ever suffer an extremely dangerous earthquake. In any case, Japanese authorities are well prepared for such a contingency.

More info on today’s earthquake is here.

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