It is now seven weeks since a huge earthquake and subsequent tsunami wiped out towns along the northeastern coast of Japan. Here in Sakari we are still experiencing aftershocks every day. Yesterday, a 4.9 shook the building so violently people started to run outside – not a common occurrance in a place where building regulations ensure most places can withstand far worse.
Then, this morning, a 5.3 had us all bolt upright before deciding that it probably wasn’t worth getting out of our warm cozy beds just yet.
Check out the maps on the USGS website for some interesting visual information. Today’s map of this area shows 40 earthquakes above magnitude 4.5 in the last seven days, 8 of which were in the last 24 hours.