By now you must have heard already.
An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck the northwestern province of Niigata, Japan collapsing houses and halting train operations. Casualties are said to increase as people searched through the rubble. A fire broke out in the nuclear reactor site in Kashiwazaki City. A tsunami warning was issued off the coastal area but was lifted after a few hours.
Earthquake of almost the SAME intensity struck the SAME area last October 23, 2004.
Japan sits precariously on 4 tectonic plates. Two major earthquake in three years!! After the main quake this morning, several aftershocks came including one strong one with a magnitude of 5.8.
Pictures on top of a mountain; it’s already almost June when this was taken but there are still traces of snow
Niigata Prefecture is very close to my heart – it is M’s hometown. His family, my in-laws are all there.
Summer in Kawanishi-machi, 20 kms. from Kashiwazaki
Niigata winters aren’t appealing at all so we try to visit them during spring or summer.
Does this justify why I don’t like Niigata Prefecture in winter?
My brother and M’s brother at the peak of winter. My brother wants to see ‘some’ snow so I sent him there 😉
My mother in-law called me a few minutes ago saying their house is still standing (as it is built on a very big rock!).
Niigata Prefecture is an agricultural area with most of the houses being built on top of rice paddies which is soft and very vulnerable to jolts.
Thinking of all of you and praying for safety.