A major earthquake occurred at 14:57:18 (UTC) on Sunday, September 5, 2004. The magnitude 7.1 event has been located in NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
Seven people injured in the Kyoto area. Felt in much of southwestern Japan and as far north as Tokyo. A tsunami was observed with wave heights of approximately 1 meter at Wakayama. A tsunami was also observed at Owase. Recorded (5L JMA) in Wakayama and Mie; (4 JMA) in Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Shiga and Tottori; (3 JMA) in Chiba, Hiroshima, Ishikawa, Kanagawa, Nagano, Okayama, Shimane, Shizuoka, Tokyo and Yamanashi; (2 JMA) in Gumma, Ibaraki, Niigata, Saitama, Tochigi and Yamaguchi; (1 JMA) in Miyagi Prefectures. Recorded (3 JMA) in Kagawa, Kochi and Tokushima; (2 JMA) in Ehime Prefectures, Shikoku. Recorded (1 JMA) in Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Oita and Saga Prefectures, Kyushu. Also recorded (3 JMA) on Hachijo-jima, Kozu-shima, Miyake-jima, Nii-jima and O-shima; (2 JMA) on Dogo, Mikura-jima and in the Dozen islands; (1 JMA) on Sadago-shima.
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A major earthquake occurred at 10:07:09 (UTC) on Sunday, September 5, 2004. The magnitude 7.0 event has been located NEAR THE S. COAST OF WESTERN HONSHU, JAPAN. The hypocentral depth was poorly constrained. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
At least four people injured in the Kyoto area. Felt in much of southwestern Japan and as far northeast as Tokyo. A local tsunami was generated with wave heights (peak-to-trough) of about 51 cm in Wakayama Prefecture. Recorded (5L JMA) in Mie, Nara and Wakayama; (4 JMA) in Aichi, Gifu, Hyogo, Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga; (3 JMA) in Chiba, Fukui, Hiroshima, Kanagawa, Nagano, Okayama, Shimane, Shizuoka, Tokyo, Tottori and Yamanashi; (2 JMA) in Gumma, Ishikawa, Saitama, Tochigi, Toyama and Yamaguchi (1 JMA) in Ibaraki, Miyagi and Niigata Prefectures. Recorded (3 JMA) in Kagawa, Kochi and Tokushima; (2 JMA) in Ehime Prefectures, Shikoku. Recorded (1 JMA) in Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Oita Prefectures, Kyushu. Also recorded (3 JMA) on Kozu-shima, Nii-jima and O-shima; (2 JMA) on Hachijo-jima, Mikura-jima and Miyake-jima; (1 JMA) on Dogo and the Dozen islands.
Source: United States Geological Survey
I cannot express to you how immensely petrifying it is to be in an earthquake, even one that's only around 4 or 5 on the richter scale. It's scary as all Hell. 45 seconds of pure unbridled terror.
But, uh, yeah.
Basically, the first one hit as I was thinking about bed, I nearly crapped myself, and decided to go get loaded so I could sleep that night. As I'm about ready to leave the bar at around midnight, the second one hits, and I am even more petrified, have another few drinks, and then go home only to lie restlessly petrified that everything is going to start shaking again.
See, 10 years ago there was a HUGE earthquake south-west of here that was definitely big news around the world, and since then they've been saying that the next big one will be where these two were from, and all the news was saying to expect a third earthquake possibly, and those two earthquakes were independent quakes apparently, rather than aftershocks, and I am still petrified.
So I am trying to teach my elementary school kids with a straight face on two hours of sleep, hungover, and petrified that the school is going to start shaking at any moment.
Now for the question: what's the word for totally rational fear of earthquakes?