Mercy--I was just about to start writing this post about the several quakes we've had today... and my phone went off "whoop!whoop!whoop!" before I could start typing. Nagano prefecture--nothing big this time, though. Fourth quake today. The JMA shows it to have been a weak 5 on the Shindo scale. I'm not sure why my phone went off--looking at the JMA map, the shock waves didn't come anywhere near this far east. Somebody must have thought the waves would travel farther, and sent the warning over the cell phone system...
Japan Quake Map, that one was a 6.2M at a depth of 13km--which must be why it was as strong here as it was. Shook the house pretty good (of course, we're on the fourth floor, so we feel the swaying more than somebody on the first floor), but nothing fell over. Interestingly, the quake map shows a 6M at around 2pm that I know I felt, but the phone didn't go off. Hmmm... Must be hard to predict how far shock waves will travel.
Hellion Gallery. He had just hung the last picture for his upcoming show yesterday when a 6.6M quake hit off the coast at 5:16pm. He realized after a few seconds that he actually had his camera in his hand, and began shooting. The show is being held in a bar--so all the wine glasses became quake-chimes. (You can also see the Blaine Fontana piece that I like so much when he turns around--the long wood piece with bonsai on top. He uses all recycled wood for his sculptures--really beautiful! Blaine will be doing recycled wood sculptures for the upcoming TED conference scheduled for June in Portland--can't wait to see what he does for it!).