Being new to the whole “Blog Thing,” I was wondering where the inspiration for my next, and second, blog entry was going to come from. Well, I got that inspiration this morning as I was woken up at 6 A.M. by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake; the largest of its kind since the “Big One” on March 11, 2011. My area was still receiving frequent aftershocks until six hours after the initial quake. The aftershocks have died down and are less frequent now, thankfully.
The quake triggered a small, and fortunately benign, tsunami that didn’t do any major damage aside from raising the inland river levels a tad and likewise raising a few eyebrows. We were lucky this time. However, today’s quake definitely raised my blood pressure and got my heart pumping. Flashbacks to 2011 infected my thoughts, especially as the images on TV today showed a small wave moving through rivers and streams in the region. I live many miles inland in the interior of the Tohoku region of Japan. Major tsunamis, like the March 11, 2011 wave that devastated the northern coast of Japan, are not a big concern for me where I live. If a tsunami were to ever reach my area, then it would probably be as a result of the Apocalypse, and that’s not a joke.