Saturday, February 27, 2010

Okinawa Earthquake

I hadn't planned on sleeping really late today, but ended up getting out of bed at 5:30 AM anyway...Well, "getting," probably isn't the most descriptive word to use for my exit from this morning's slumber; "shaken," is probably more accurate.

We had a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that was centered about 50 miles from us this morning. No real damage, and everyone is fine. So far, there are no local reports of injuries, and only some broken water pipes nearby.

The quake seemed to last for several seconds, and I recall thinking to myself that it sure was lasting a long time.

Perhaps we were in need of some excitement!

3 comments: said...

Well, I know I wasn't in need of any of the aforementioned excitement. Sometimes we get what we don't ask for. We've been here a little over 18 months and this is the first one we felt. It was scary. We live on Camp Lester. It lasted about 30 seconds here...according to my husband. I was guesstimating 15 seconds since I've always heard it seems longer than it usually is. Glad it wasn't any worse!

Just John said...

Well, I'm glad it wasn't worse too! You're right; I could have done without it also, especially on a Saturday morning.

My wife was pretty upset by it, but she was already awake when it started, so she may have actually experienced more of the shaking. Some of the news outlets back "home" had some very melodramatic headlines for a while too...I'm sure that worried family members for a little while.

Erika Jean said...

Scary but what an experience!! I would have slept right through it!

Glad there are no major issues after the fact!