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Tokyo Earthquake Doesn’t Cause Much Trouble, Rattles John Mayer

    May 4, 2014
    Zach Walton
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Tokyo earthquakes aren’t all that uncommon. In fact, the entire region is somewhat unstable thanks to the geological makeup of the islands. It’s still unsettling to feel the earth rumble, especially since the wounds from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake still haven’t healed.

Reuters is reporting that Tokyo and surrounding regions was hit by an earthquake early Monday morning. The quake was said to have hit 6.2 magnitude on the Richter scale and had an epicenter 160 km below the ocean. Thankfully, no damage has been reported and everything, including nuclear power plants, are operating smoothly.

Even if it caused no damage, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake is nothing to scoff at. It’s still easily felt and those living in and visiting Tokyo certainly felt it. It’s not uncommon to see celebrities in Japan and singer John Mayer was tweeting about it today. He said it was the biggest he’s ever felt while staying in the country.

A more somber note came from Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen who says today’s earthquake shared an epicenter with the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

For those unaware, the Great Kanto Earthquake was the worst earthquake in Japanese history up until 2011. A total of 105,385 people died with many perishing in the fires that erupted in the aftermath. While Monday’s earthquake was nowhere even close to the one that struck the Kanto region in 1923, it still rattles the nerves to think that something like that could happen again so soon after the events of 2011. After all, Japan is still hurting after an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and crippled the nuclear reactor in Fukushima.

While some were worried or reflecting on the past, others found humor:

The last time Tokyo was hit by an earthquake was in December of last year. The earthquake was recorded at 5.5 magnitude so one could surmise that they’re only getting stronger. We can only hope that Tokyo and Japan as a whole gets a break. After what happened in 2011 and the years since, they’ve earned it.

Image via Wikimedia Commons


  • Jseph Assmus

    “For those unaware, the Great Kanto Earthquake was the worst earthquake in Japanese history up until 2011. A total of 105,385 people died … doesn’t anyone proofread thee article’s?!?! Great Kanto Earthquake occurred 19*24, NOT 2011

    • Evan

      I think you’ve mis-read the article.

    • http://www.disconnexions.com/ X-Man

      “proofread thee article’s”

      I’m thinking someone should proofread your messages instead.

  • AC

    Wow, this is a terribly written/edited article. The writer knows about as much about earthquakes as he does nuclear power, maybe he should spend less time following John Mayer and more time honing his craft. This is the same type of garbage reporting that Google was supposed to address with their penguin update.

    1: “Thankfully, no damage has been reported and everything, including nuclear power plants, are operating smoothly.”

    There are no currently operating nuclear power plants in Japan, but thanks for trying to spice up an article by writing about a hot political topic in Japan, anything for a couple more views right?

    2: “After all, Japan is still hurting after an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and crippled the nuclear reactor in Fukushima.”

    After all, there were 4 nuclear reactors which were destroyed at Fukushima Daiichi, not one. Again, please familiarize yourself with a topic before you write on it.

    3: “While some were worried or reflecting on the past, others found humor:”

    It really appears that the author was going to include some context or responses from those in Japan for the readers, considering that the fragmented sentence ends with a colon, but then maybe the writer looked down and figured out that he was over his word count and decided to just screw it and not do any additional work that wasn’t required.

    WebProNews, what is happening to you?

  • Gchan

    Wow. Sounds like the so called ‘Big One’ might not be too far away for Tokyo…