Basically I wanted to talk about the second part of my lovely tripin Miyazaki.
But now, while I was writing my article, at 9:26 p.m. local time, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit the island of Kyushu (southwest Japan) where I live and as it was quite a shock I wanted to talk about it.
|TV news just after the earthquake|
Tonight at around 9pm.
The headphones on, I was writing about how much I loved the Aoshima island landscapes when my iPhone suddenly vibrated and emit an alarm. I didn'T realize immediately, but the large volume of the alarm made me throw my headphones on the floor, get up and grab my phone.
|"eminent earthquake, becareful of strong shaking"|
At that time I thought about the conversation I had two weeks ago with a French man living here. We talked about the Kego fault which is corrsing Fukuoka from north to south and I thought that the earthquake occurred there.
Then I turn on the television that contradict me: the epicenter was located further south in Kumamoto (pink region on the maps). A level 7, the maximum of the Japanese scale and a depth of 10km.In A Fukuoka it was a level 4.
Kumamoto? That's amazing. Is this because of Mount Aso ? No a volcano won't occured an earthquake of a such intensity. I stayed hypnotized to the TV. My mind were empty but at the same time i was thinking about various things
Than Daisuke finally came back home. The minutes pass and aftershocks of more or less intensive succeed. Television, still on, loop the latest information and repeats the same word: igai (意外, unexpected, surprise).
|Map from Japan Meteorological Agency|
I didn't realize quite quickly that it was an earthquake despite the alert. I stood in the middle of the room and in the case of a bigger jolt it could have been dangerous. Althought I know what to do, when you live in an area like Fukuoka it's easy to forget what to do. I don't even own the recommended survival kit (water reserve, precooked rice, dehydrated food, headlamp, battery, ect.) And I don' even know how to turn off the gas! It must be said that we have not thought to ask, of course.
What is ironic is that before-yesterday I was telling a friend how Fukuoka was safe. Nature reminded me the truth. In Japan no place is truly safe.
Tomorrow I will call the gas company and start my survival stock.
Right now (0:52) 3 deaths, around 100 wounded, a lot of damage, fire and gas leaks were reported. I pray that it won't increase overnight.
Oh, I forgot to say but I am fine.
Another afterskock just occured. They said on TV that it will continue throughout the week..Let's try to sleep.
16th April 2016 update
The ground continued to shake violently all night alternating between tiny bump and big tremors. I couldn't fall asleep until 5:30, on the floor in the living room, laptop and bag near donned my pillow and jacket put on. Just in case.
At 8:55 this morning my company called me for news. All people I know are fine but it's not fine in Kumamoto . There are more damage, deaths and many injured.
Here is a video I shot while a strong aftershock occured. We here more than can see something but still...
Uselful wordsEarthquake : jishin (地震)
Aftershock : yoshin (余震)
Magnitude scale : shindô (震度)
Evacuation : hinan (避難)
There is no tsunami risk : tunami no shinpai wa arimasen (津波の心配はありません)