Tokyo, come in Tokyo, are you ok?????!!!!

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  1. faceking

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    I am here!! And I am not joking it was a bit scary this one. Was at my friends bar when we had a 6.2 about 2 hours ago. It was long and in the middle got stronger. People were a little freaked out. Got home just in time for the 6.8...I actually for the first time in many years of earthquakes almost ran for the door.

    It was offshore, but still was really strong here. No tsunami however, and the way they build these buildings we sway but luckily (usually) escape damage.

    Thanks for asking though!
     
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    oh my gosh i didnt even know, i really hope no one was hurt!
     
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    I was just reading about it. I hope it's not a precursor to the next major quake (I'm not saying 6.8 isn't serious), inevitable though that is.

    There seem to be few if any serious injuries, nature has taken enough for a while.
     
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    I've been in both a 7.1 and 6.9 along with a myriad of 4.x's... they ain't fun.

    I have to imagine building codes in Japan must take into account their proximity to not only 2, but FOUR tectonic plates!!
     
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    How does Japan know the difference between an earthquake and the approach of a monster? Do they have special equipment for that? If they don't, I'd leave Tokyo immediately and head for the mountains because a quake that big could be a sign of Godzilla himself.
     
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    You know we get little ones here all the time and one big one at least once a year...but no one seems to worry about it or get very alarmed. Japan is kind of like that in a way. People always have this false sense of security here. Everyone thinks the worst is never going to happen to them. Sad and strange, but true.
     
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    That's what I've heard... they don't treat it so catastrophic... thusly minimal injuries reported. It's biznezz as usual I suppose.
     
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    Japan has built for this whereas we Americans still lag behind. That's why this isn't a #1 news story like it would be if that same quake would have happened here in say... Oakland? We'd be buried under rubble.
     
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    Eh ... we had worse than 6.9... a few old freeways and an old bridge. These parts we know they come every 80 years... whereas Japan sees them as every 8 years... risk/return. There have actually been a hurricane and tornado in these parts... and we don't do much for them. Last I checked there is a 50-story building in the works, a 48 story residential tower completed, and even bigger plans for an 80 story complex on Mission...

    I think Japan has just gone through so much of "Mother Nature's Master Cleanse" so everything is anew and built for modern standards. What fell here in SF Bay Area... hadn't been cleansed for 80 years, nor built with the thought in mind that it'd happen again. Any/every thing that was built post 1970 went untouched... I believe.

    Me thinks the top floor of 301 Mission will be one of the safest places in these parts, should we go north of 7 again...
     
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    Well, Santa Cruz didn't do so well. It was right by the epicenter of that one. Let's pretend that the Hayward Fault goes at 6.8 only one mile away from my house (which is supposed to yield a 6.5+ any time now). It's how I said it would be here... Rubble.
     
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