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    Another earthquake

    I have my iwamatodjishi.com domain name set up for auto-renewal, but apparently it didn’t work this time around. Not sure why. I assume it’ll be back up in a day or two.

    In the interim, northeastern Honshu had yet another high-magnitude earthquake this morning, a strong 6 on the JMA scale (which measures shaking at the surface), and a 6.9M Richter:

    According to the police, one woman has died in the city of Wajima; in addition, in Ishikawa, Toyama, and Niigata Prefectures, there have been 159 cases of injuries. According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, around 100 dwellings in Ishikawa Prefecture have been destroyed or partially destroyed.

    The one death was–very Olde Japan, this–from a stone lantern that toppled and crushed a woman in her 50s. (In the ghoulishly vivid Japanese expression, she 下敷きになった [shita-jiki ni natta]: “became underpaving.”) Parts of Japan far from the major metropolitan areas still tend to have a lot of older buildings, so fallen clay roof tiles and stone fixtures are common after earthquakes. The Nikkei also says there have been at least 130 aftershocks already; I haven’t seen word that any of them have been serious. As in the Niigata Prefecture earthquake a few years ago, there’s a good chance that some of the aftershocks will be almost as intense as the first quake. The terrain there is rugged, and it’s been rainy, so landslides are a constant danger.

    6 Responses to “Another earthquake”

    1. Janis Gore says:

      “a woman in her 50s”

      Phrases like that remind me that I must write my will and have it witnessed.

    2. Sean Kinsell says:

      Ooh! Do I get that flirty little dress you bought a little while back? : )

    3. Janis Gore says:

      I could arrange that. My sister has dibs on the jewelry, though.

    4. Sean Kinsell says:

      Not into jewelry much. I don’t even like watches with second hands.

    5. Connie says:

      Glad you’re OK. Worried when I saw the CNN report “Earthquake in Japan” but no mention on the headline of where it was.

      I also love “became underpaving.” What a great phrase.

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