Monday, April 16, 2007

First Earthquake

On Sunday April 15th, at 12:19 pm an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale stuck Kameyama city in Japan. The earthquake caused on minor damage, but was felt as far away as Nishinomiya.

The school where I work is in Nishinomiya. I started work at 11:40 am yesterday. The first lesson ended at 12:20. The schools clocks must be a little off the official time, as just after my first lesson ended, the building started shaking. Not a lot, but obvious to everyone.

I will admit I was a little nervous while it was happening (I backed into the corner (not that hard) and put my arms next to the wall in preparation to having to brace). The wobbling went on for about 30 seconds to a minute. After one of my students got out his cell phone and checked the news on TV (some cell phones are also mini TVs. I've seen people watching shows on their phone on the train) to find out where the epicenter was and how strong it was.

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1 comment:

SpacePup said...

glad to hear you survived your first earthquake - I'm freaking out about mine... just hope it doesn't happen during a class, as I'll be a blubbering mess I think lol