The worst ever experienced by my colleagues.
The worst since the one in Kobe in 1990.
And personally the worst one I’ve ever experienced. That’s really scary, but you feel safer on the 2nd floor on a building than on the 30th floor of a huge tower.
In Tokyo, its strength has been close to 5, enough to make people go below their desks and wait for the earthquake to finish.
I’ve been really impressed by the calm kept by my colleagues, hoping everyone else is OK.
Another impression is how fast this news has been spread to the world.
Just few seconds after the earthquake began, it was possible to find on the net thousands of tweets or updates of Facebook status
Here is the map of the earthquake.
Its center is localized on the east of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture, for a deepness of 10 kms.
Here is the map showing the risk of tsunami.
In Tokyo, the waves may reach 1~2 meters. In Miyagi, there is a possiblity of 6 meters.
In red are risks of waves more than 3 meters.
In orange, risks of waves of 2 meters.
In yellow, risks of waves of 1 meters.
As far, there has been a Tsunami of 10m in Sendai. This is huge!
There have been a couple of replicas, and another earthquake of strength 6 has happened in Ibaraki 30 minutes later.
This is definitely a scary experience, let’s hope this is not going to happen again.
Japan is famous in foreign countries for the beautiful pink cherry blossoms (Sakura) that bloom from mid-march to the end of March.
It is possible to do other hanami in Japan than the Sakura.
From mid-february to mid-march, you can find in a lot of places Ume blossoms. Ume are Japanese prunes.
Here are a couple of pictures that have been taken in Shinjuku Gyoen, in Tokyo. Enjoy!
I’ll try to publish pictures with cherry blossoms when they’ll bloom, in two weeks.