first time post for me so go easy
I apologise if this has already been posted.
I was speaking with my japanese girlfriend (who lives in Shizuoka Japan) via skype and the news was on the background.
As the news was read, she looked a little surprised and I asked what had happened.
She explained that in the IZU peninsula, the place had received in excess of 200 quakes/tremors (i think she said per day).
link to show location of Izu: www.japan-guide.com...
Now if you know of Japan, you will know that Japan has a number of earthquakes every day however, even they are reporting this as unusual.
So having read a few posts on this site with people always asking for proof, i went to the Japan meteorological agency's website and had a look for
if you click on the 'previous information' button you can see according to the time stamps the amount of earthquakes in the area.
The news caster (according to the MRS) said that scientists were worried this is a sign of the plates preparing to do a shift which they believe is a
prelude to the 'Tokai' earthquake.
The Tokai earthquake is long overdue and like Americans waiting for the supposed 'big one' to come, this is Japan's 'big one'.
According to the meteorological website linked above, they even have a prediction page for the Tokai earthquake however it would suggest (given their
is no warning data) that either my girlfriend or the news caster may have slightly exaggerated things.
In any case, i will be there for xmas & new year and i hope it doesn't come.
On a side note, the first ever earthquake i experienced was when i was living in japan. I was lying on the couch watching the telly and the next
thing i knew i'd been thrown off the couch and was lying on the floor.
Living in japan i was told some interesting things regarding earthquakes.
(i don't know how true and i never researched)
- I was told there were 2 types, lateral movement & horizontal movement. The worst type being horizontal.
- They (& the chinese) believe you are forewarned of an earthquake with particular cloud shapes (jishin kumo).
I did witness one of these clouds similar to the one in the link. My girlfriend took a picture of it on her camera phone way back in 2001 but we
don't have it anymore.
It looked like a plane had blown up at a particular point and crashed. It was like an explosion point which trailed across (appeared to fall to the
ground) but you could see the end so it never touched the ground.
I didn't believe what they had told me, i continued to think it was a plane crash but there were no reports of it. 6 days later a magnitude 6
earthquake hit 100k north of tokyo. We were about 200k south of tokyo in a place called hamamatsu.
Do i believe? maybe, i dunno but it makes sense to think that for any type of occurence there are certain forewarning factors.