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M6.6 quake hits southwestern Japan; over 10 injured

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Yup, was a very noticeable one.

Earthquake alert went off instantly.

Lastet roughly 10 seconds but so far no damages reported for our area (Ehime).

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Stay safe everyone…

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The alarm is often scarier than the event itself.

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Are they all related?

News of the aftermaths of Tonga's disastrous volcanic eruption are still coming in.

In early December last year Indonesia's Mt. Semeru volcano erupted suddenly and caused extensive disasters. A shallow earthquake hit southern Pakistan in October in the same year, causing many casualties. In November a 6.4 magnitude quake hit Albania, also causing many casualties.

An underwater volcano in the Bonin Islands erupted in August, spewing a massive amount of pumice which reached the shores of Okinawa islands two months later, threatening fisheries and tourist industries. A series of tremblers are hitting the Tokara islands in southern Kyushu.

And now this M-6,6 trembler in Miyazaki and Oita also in Kyushu.

Are these events all related?

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I have been up since 3:00am and now it's 7:24am. Did not feel a thing.

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Does it mean Earth has entered an active period for tectonic movements?

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Michael Machida

Today 07:23 am JST

I have been up since 3:00am and now it's 7:24am. Did not feel a thing.

You shouldn't take Viagra alone

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Woke me up at about 1:12 am. Even in Fukuoka it was very noticeable and lasted about 10 seconds.

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Are these events all related?

This is why it is called the Pacific Ring of Fire. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are the norm. Be glad. If not for the churning mantle of molten metal beneath the surface of the Earth, the source of the plate techtonics that creates those volcanos and earthquakes the Earth would have no magnetic field to protect our atmosphere and the life we all enjoy.

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Very few places could shrug off a M6.6 earthquake without massive numbers of dead and huge physical destruction the way Japan does. For all the carping we read hear about the supposed failures of Japan, the earthquake preparation in Japan is to be greatly admired.

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I wonder if the alarm could be made less scary.

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The alarm was more frightening than the actual quake.

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I wonder if the alarm could be made less scary

I now have mine set to vibrate only.

I have been up since 3:00am and now it's 7:24am. Did not feel a thing.

That's because it happened at 1:08am, you slept through it.

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Thoughts & prayers for the people of Kyushu and all of southwest Japan.

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Earthquakes are usually expressed as “Magnitude 2.0, 4.7, 6.6,…”. Perhaps the No.2 someone else here felt elsewhere between 1:08am and 7:46am was probably something else, like gas or geothermic energy being released.

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Always amazed how quickly the quake alarm makes me jump out of bed. The alarm does not give you much time to do anything, but it does get you ready to think about whether to head for the door. Not too strong where we are, but did rattle around for a while. Spooked the cats but the dog slept through it.

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Rarely shakes in Hiroshima but this one came through. Short but relatively strong.

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I didn't feel a thing.

Then again, I live in Massachusetts.

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Can’t sound the alarm before the first quake but do appreciate the alarms as a harbinger of possible tsunami.

- @Phil 8:26am: “…alarm makes me jump out of bed. The alarm does not give you much time to do anything, but it does get you ready to think about whether to head for the door.” -

… and/or higher ground.

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In Kobe and I slept through it.

Unlike the 1995 quake, I woke up but at that brime a friend in Kobe also slept through it-amazing

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snowymountainhellToday  08:12 am JST

Earthquakes are usually expressed as “Magnitude 2.0, 4.7, 6.6,…”.  Perhaps the No.2 someone else here felt elsewhere between 1:08am and 7:46am was probably something else, like gas or geothermic energy

Yes that’s exactly what happens every morning in our household too.

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Very few places could shrug off a M6.6 earthquake without massive numbers of dead and huge physical destruction the way Japan does. For all the carping we read hear about the supposed failures of Japan, the earthquake preparation in Japan is to be greatly admired.

I'm all for praising Japan for coping with natural disasters but what matters here is not the magnitude, it is the magnitude, the depth, and probably the subsoil composition. You cannot look at the magnitude alone. A deep or very deep M6.6 will not cause much damage. Very shallow, say 5km to 10km from the surface, and it is likely to cause massive localized damage, depending on the subsoil composition. To this end, the subjective Japanese "shindo" number is much more useful. It informs us how much shaking happened at the surface, which is causes destruction.

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The alarm on my phone woke me up just as I was sliding into deeper sleep. About fifteen seconds later I heard a faint creak in the rafters.

Checking the meteorological page on Yahoo this morning I discover that there have been 24 earthquakes there including that first initial biggie in the Hyuga Nada.

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First my cellphone sounded an alarm, followed immediately by the public address system with a recorded alarm and message.

I was out of bed when the first shudder started. Not strong but certainly noticeable. My 75lb German Shepherd jumped up as soon as I did and came right to my side, as trained.

Line messaged both my sons to make sure they and their families were ok. Eldest replied immediately that they were ok. The youngest took a little longer. Said since he was up anyway, he had a beer before going back to bed. ;-)

Otake-shi, Hiroshima-ken.

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Here in Miyazaki it was quite strong. It lasted about 30 seconds with up and down and side to side shaking. We live in an older house and it was rocking real good. My wife immediately went to work adding to our evacuation kit. It was the largest I’ve felt in my 13 years here.

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Stay safe Japan ❤️

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