Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake

Yesterday (on 2/22), a strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch in New Zealand at 12:51pm local time, after 7.0 earthquake on 9/4/2010. Police now have confirmed that 75 people have been killed and still 300 people missing.

As you know, Japan is prone to earthquakes so it concerns us a lot. It is said that there are more than 1,000 tremors which people can feel, per year. All buildings meet the quake-resistance standards but we always live with the fear of earthquake.

I listed this before but severe earthquakes have hit Japan since the beginning of the twentieth century.
In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake (magnitude of 7.9) took place, which caused extensive damage over a wide area including Tokyo. Then in 1995, the Great Hanshin Earthquake (magnitude of 7.2) took place, which devastated much of the Hanshin area, including Kobe and Awaji Island. And in 2004, the Chuetsu earthquake (magnitude 6.8) took place, which ravaged the central region of Niigata prefecture. In 2007, the Noto Peninsula Earthquake (magnitude 6.9) and the Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake (magnitude 6.6) took place.

In Kanto region we have frequent earthquakes these days, so we are overdue for a large one! No wonder, I am nervous about our new home. I wish to live there at least a month! LoL. But more than that, I hope to be alive...

Natural disaster can happen anywhere at anytime. We live busy lives, but the news made me stop and think.

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  1. Ochi,

    Earthquake really sound scary to me.I felt sorry for current incident that happened in Christchurch too..

    I felt lucky that my place is free from earthquake.I'm not sure whether it will happen in future or not but at least it never happen before this.

    Like you said,those incidents made us stop and re-think..we should appreciate more.I hope I can re-think everyday..

  2. Yes! Truly true, jose!!!

    We have to appreciate each moment of our everyday lives.

    No earthquake in Singapore!? I envy you!!!

  3. Thanks for writing about this Ochi! As you know I come from NZ, so this is particularly terrible.
    I feel so sorry for all the people who have lost their loved ones and for those people who are still missing!
    This kind of disaster makes us appreciate our friends and family much more!!

    We have to live our lives happily every day because life is so short.

  4. Hi Fran,

    I was just about to visit your blog seeing your title!!!

    I told my darling that I don't love him since he didn't make a call straight away but that is not a big issue at all if I compare to this tragedy X(

    Yes. Living happy is important. Why I forget that so easily...

  5. Ochi,

    No earthquake in Singapore.Singapore is a very small country.If earthquake come,I guess SG will be missing too..

    Too scary!

  6. Oh I hope yoiu get to livein your home a lot more than a month! haha But I agree, being alive is much more important! Im aware that Japan is very prone to Earthquakes and I can't imagine how it is to live with that! It must be so scary! Apparently here in Vancouver we are "overdue" for one too but lots of other scientists say it will never happen, but you never know, sometimes all good things come to an end too right?

    Okay move onto happy things now....

    Wah! I feel like such a bad Disney fan now not watching Mary Poppins hahaha Oh I know what you mean about eating your own cultures food even on vacation! In vancouver japanese food is very common and easy to get, sushi is cheap and good and lots of izakayas (?) around too, so I feel like it is ingrained and part of my lfe here in Vancouver! Im super glad thought because I think japanese food is delicious!

    Bf takes all the panoramic photos because Im very bad at it, sometimes I go too fast or slow and when you do it, lots of people will look hahahahaha Definitely go for the meal plan! It is much less stressful when you don't have to worry about paying for food on the vacation itself!

  7. Hi jose,

    I envy your place!!! I just realized Singapore was landfill?!

  8. Hello Suki,

    Yes. I think that saying is true (><)

    > japanese food is very common
    Really?! Then sounds like I can visit Vancouver someday soon!!! You know Izakaya!!! The restaurant we went late at night last weekend after shopping was Izakaya ;) They open very late so we sometimes eat dinner there.

    I never tried panoramic photos! But they looked really cool :D Your bf did a good job!!!

    No worry is good for meals because guys cannot wait us choosing a restaurant when starving. LoL!!!


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