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6.8 quake strikes off Okinawa

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Of course, the Americans are ready and willing to assist and support any relief efforts if necessary. Thank goodness Okinawa has the Americans there in their time of need.

I hope no one was hurt.

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No damage, Kinser being evacuated (as per usual). Life back to normal down here.

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Good to hear soldave but what is Kinser? Stay safe.

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222 kilometers is VERY deep - too deep to cause damage or tsunami.

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yes,exactly,222KM is too deep.

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That is ridiculously deep. Good thing.

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It's a US base down by the ocean just north of Naha.

Major damage report from my workplace incoming. It looks like one of the ceiling lights is now flickering and not on completely. Emergency services are on standby!

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Okinawa, rocking and rolling, and it looks like some heavy rain too? Time for a 6-pack?

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any word on Kadena AFB? Have the wife there this month, haven't seen any reports from it yet...

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I live here too and felt it, strong for down here.

Seems like it was felt all the way up into Kagoshima as well. Things are back to normal. Haven't been home yet so don't know what's waiting there. Probably nothing I hope.

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I left to go to the bathroom and when I got back, my milkshake that I left on the table was frothier....is that a word?

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Hope you are all okay? Will have a beer later to toast your safety!

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any word on Kadena AFB? Have the wife there this month, haven't seen any reports from it yet...

Only a shindo 4 at the worst, so maybe someone's coffee cup fell over or some papers fell to the floor. I wouldn't worry.

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222 is not too deep for a tsunami guys and gals.

My YureKuru did not do the NHK thing :-(

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Level 3-4 in my village of Ishigakijima. Hmmm Everything is OK.

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222 km deep will shake / slow rumble... there will not be much damage I shouldn't imagine. Shallow quakes are the dangerous ones

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Let's hope this is not a prelude to a big one. Okinawans are prepared for typhoons but I don't think they are well prepared for earthquakes.

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That was a bit scary. Get used to those in mainland but not here.

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Biggest one I haveever felt here.

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@Steve Haverda, no damage here on Kadena.

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Off Okinawa is right, and I find it absolutely hilarious that the US Geological Service is calling this a quake off the coast of Taiwan or some such nonsense.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb0006lpm.php

This is almost as bad as CNN, which describes quakes that happen in Nagoya or Tohoku as being near Tokyo. They're right, in a global sense, I suppose, but you have to wonder if they use a real small globe with just a few cities on it.

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PS: I do wonder if that asteroid that's coming will have any effect on seismic events. They seem certain that it won't hit the Earth or the Moon, but it seems like something that big would have some effect on tides, seismic activity or the like. Maybe not, though.

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A few terrified children at a local elementary school but for the most part they handled it okay. The littler ones handled it better than the older ones. Teachers were okay. Scary to say the least. I prefer not to be at a school when this happens...so sad to see kids so scared. An odd thing is, they were just viewing a mandatory safety video on earthquakes this morning...the same morning of the quake. A smaller one about an hour and a half earlier was felt by some people but I didn't feel it. This coming Thursday they have an (already pre-scheduled) earthquake drill at most of the schools. This was already scheduled before the quake struck. Good that they are practicing this. I still don't agree that evacuating a school is a good idea, I say stay put and ride it out. The chances of an entire building collapsing is far less than children getting hurt by falling debris. In this particular school, there is no open field as most of it is being used to build a new school. So there we stood under multiple power lines with no where's to go. Not a good situation I thought.

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There was that 7.2M foreshock on March 9th up here in Tohoku before the apocalypse.

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Am off island so I missed the quake in Okinawa. However there was a quake where I am now. However I slept through it and all of the aftershocks. Been through a enough of them, it is no big deal.

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Meanwhile, the Kadena AFB facebook page is blowing up with questions like "Is it safe to go out today?" and "Should I leave for the tsunami?" Always get a good laugh out of how panicky people get over little things.

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Kadena AFB has a facebook page?!

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That was a huge earthquake! It probably was the biggest one that I ever felt in Okinawa. I was in the bathroom on the 5th floor and couldn't move at all. I really thought the building would be collapsed. Some people were crying or screaming. After the earthquake and tsunami hit the north part of Japan, everyone has been nervous about earthquake. Especially in Okinawa, if we have a big earthquake like one hit the northern part, the whole island will be gone into the water. That is so scary! I really hope any huge earthquake hits Okinawa... We don't need such tragic damage anymore.

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