In case you felt anything around 6:47 this morning, there was a 5.1 earthquake in Gifu Prefecture (which touches Ishikawa). The epicenter was 10km under a town called Ibigawa-cho. By the time the earthquake reached Ishikawa its strength was in the 1-2 range. There should be no risk of tsunami since the earthquake was located sufficiently inland.
Photo: Sean Claudio Mancillas
Just a reminder: When there’s an earthquake, get yourself to a safe place. Then, when the tremors have stopped, turn off all sources of heat/fire, as well as your gas valves. Prepare for the possibility of evacuation.
Though we like to think positive, you never know when there might be a more serious aftershock or threat of tsunami. Besides, no one has to know you’re standing around in your pajamas and snow boots.
For more up-to-date info about Japanese natural disasters (whee!) check out: http://typhoon.yahoo.co.jp/weather/jp/earthquake/.