This Is Not What Happens Every Time

This Is Not What Happens Every Time

To all people outside Japan, just to let you know, not everything collapses each time we have an earthquake.

Yes, the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake in 1995 was desastrous, and the great earthquake of March 2011 was the largest recorded in Japan’s history.  There have been other terrible earthquakes elsewhere too.

But this is not what happens every time the ground shakes.

Sit on a washing machine when it spins, dance with a hula hoop, sail a small boat. The vibrations of the average earthquake we get are weaker than any of those activities.

When I report an earthquake, it’s only to inform you. We all like to know what happens. So, please, I beg you, stop worrying like if it’s doomsday every time there is an earthquake.

Thank you.