Japan News Alert

I am not going to post about my trip to the States today. A lot has been happening in Japan, and I wanted to discuss that.

First, there was a typhoon that was, I think, the strongest in twenty-five years. It affected mostly the southern part of Japan. In Fukushima City we got heavy rain during the night, but that was all, I believe.

The rain woke me around two–it was extraordinarily loud. Our window was closed, but I wondered, “Is that the noise of our air conditioner? Or rain? Could it be raining that hard and that loudly?” (It was the rain.) The rain last a while, but was gone by morning. It had woken me up, and I am an early riser, so after four a.m I went down to the living room to get dressed and so on.

Then I sat on my sofa to read a book about earthquakes in Japan. It’s called “When the Earth Roars” and it is by American Japan AND Japanese quake expert Gregory Smith. I was mostly about the history of quakes in Japan. I recommend this book. I learned a lot from it.

Anyway, as I was sitting there on the sofa reading it, we had a small quake here in Fukushima City. Small, but we haven’t had any for a long while. And I thought, “How ironic. I am reading a book about quakes when a quake hits.”

But then: early today in the morning, Hokkaido was hit by a very destructive quake. This has just happened today, so I don’t have a lot to say. Just telling the news of it. Here’s a link with ongoing news translated from the original Japanese to English:

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1djGXnORZPvxZ


Furthermore, the news came out that a Fukushima nuclear plant worker has been confirmed to have died from radiation from the nuclear power plant. He was in charge of measuring radiation.

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180905/p2a/00m/0na/004000c

Okay, sorry for the very serious post. (No humor today.) Have a nice day. 🙂

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