In other news…

There was a big earthquake.

From Japan Times:

Magnitude-7 quake sends tsunami toward Kyushu; Sendai atomic plant checking for damage

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake off Kyushu early Saturday produced small tsunami but no major damage, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the shallow quake, which struck at 5:51 a.m., was about 160 km (100 miles) from the town of Makurazaki. Its focus was about 10 km under the ocean floor, according to both the USGS and the Meteorological Agency.

The Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory but cancelled it about 90 minutes later.

A tsunami about 30 cm high was observed on Nakanoshima, but no major damage from either the quake or tsunami was reported, and a pair of reactors at the nuclear power plant in nearby Sendai were unaffected, Kyushu Electric Power Co. said.



We don’t know when bad things will happen.

This time, nothing really horrible happened.

Next time?

Near you?

Think and be ready.


… you know.

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  1. Rachel says:


  2. Ultramontane says:

    Interesting. I had no idea there was an earthquake that big. It’s typically hard to avoid news like that around here. I live fairly close to Kyushu (5 hours by car, half of that being the ferry) and didn’t feel a thing. After looking it up on the Japanese meteorological website, it seems the quake was located off the far coast of Kyushu, explaining why I didn’t feel it. It occurred at 17:41 local time, which means I was sitting right where I am at this moment, watching the sumo tournament. No tsunami threat, so I’m not overly concerned; I doubt anyone in Kagoshima (the closest prefecture) is either. I’ll definitely second (or third) the directive to go to confession.

  3. Kerry says:

    One wonders if it’s widely known that a 7.1 magnitude is ten times greater magnitude that 7.0.

  4. Maltese says:

    None of us are long for this world. Some envision surviving catastrophe with bug-out bags and guns. In reality, the greatest weapon is the rosary. I worry more about and EMP (from the Sun, or from a nuclear device), or a financial melt-down. Some engage in morose delectation, and say, “this could never happen to me,” or, “I’m glad it’s him and not me.” But the bell does toll for thee. Do you think the world will be a safer place the further it drifts from Christ? We must be prepared for the world as we know it to end…not with a bang, but with a whimper.

  5. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    On a very serious note: please pray for my pastor, a native Japanese, who had gone home for three weeks. He arrived earlier this week.

    On a differently serious note: why is it that the terrorist attack monopolized the news and the earthquake didn’t get a blip in any of the news sources I check (except, of course, here)?

    On a similarly different serious note: which caused more damage: the Synod on the Family, the earthquake, or the terrorist attack?

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