Giant Earthquake in Japan

A huge earthquake (greater than magnitude 8.0) shook Japan on Saturday, registering as much as a 5 on the Japanese earthquake scale in some places. Given the size of the earthquake, the shaking was actually pretty minor and little actual damage was caused. The epicenter was incredibly deep underground, so while the distance along the surface was fairly low, the earthquake was actually quite far away. In Shinjuku in central Tokyo, there wasn’t too much shaking (it wasn’t even noticeable to those walking around on the street) although objects rattling around made it clear that an earthquake was happening. Reportedly, things felt much scarier even just a few miles away in neighboring districts of the city.

This isn’t the only activity to hit Japan in recent weeks. There’s also been extra activity at Hakone and even right now a small volcano is erupting on an island in southern Japan.