Fifth earthquake – magnitude 5.5



Once again woken up in the night, or in the morning rather, at 7.40, by an Ibaraki earthquake. Unfortunately it wasn’t strong enough to get me out of bed! The shaking house sort of rocked me back to sleep again.

Reuters reports:

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.5 shook eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Sunday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no irregularities at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The earthquake was centered in southwest Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo. There was no threat of a tsunami.

The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet trains connecting Tokyo with northern Japan were briefly suspended, while Tokyo’s two international airports were operating normally.

This time my area – Suginami-ku – got a 3 out of 7 on the Japanese Intensity Scale:

  • “Houses may shake strongly.”
  • “Some people are frightened.”
  • “Objects inside rattle noticeably and can fall off tables.”

More info at JMA. Here’s a screenshot from Google News:


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