Tanegashima, Japan - January 8, 2019
The Great Tanegashima Earthquake of 2019

- A whole lot of shaking going on tonight. At approximately 9:39 pm local time the earthquake hit Tanegahima island. I was in the study working on the computer while Akiko was in the bedroom watching TV with the boys. I ran into the bedroom thinking I might need to throw myself on the family as protection....um a little overreaction maybe but this house was really shaking. The quake lasted for what seemed to be about 30 seconds. While there was apparently no damage, it still freaked us out a bit. The epicenter was a mere 10.14 Kilometers (6.30 miles) from our home and almost directly on the coast. Although a fault line does parallel the coast, an earthquake of this magnitude is pretty rare for this location. Anyway, being the science geek that I am, I copied and reformatted the information from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) pages and uploaded them to this site. If nothing else this will serve as interesting information for my kids when they get older.

USGS link to the actual earthquake information page
 
Links to reformatted detailed USGS information about the earthquake

Picture - USGS - Google map showing the distance from our home to the epicenter of the earthquake.
Picture - USGS - USGS information showing possible ground damage which was estimated as minimal.
Picture - USGS - USGS map showing the epicenter of the earthquake.
Picture - USGS - USGS main page showing available information about the earthquake.
Picture - USGS - USGS moment tensor page with detailed information.
Picture - USGS - USGS nearby seismicity information showing other recent earthquakes.
Picture - USGS - USGS property damage information page which was also estimated as minimal.
Picture - USGS - USGS earthquake origin page with even more detailed information.
Picture - USGS - USGS map showing other locations where the earthquake was noticed.
Picture - USGS - USGS map showing regional information.
Picture - USGS - USGS map showing the extent and range of the earthquake.
 
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