July 17, 2007 6:58am CST
a strong earthquake jolted northwestern Japan on Monday morning, flattening dozens of wooden houses, and triggering small tsunamis. Media reports said at least 150 people were injured. the U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude of the quake was 6.7. It was centered off the coast of Niigata, 160 miles northwest of Tokyo, where buildings swayed during the tremor. i remember way back in 1990, northern luzon here in the philippines was also hit by a strong earthquake (6.7 intensity) whose devastation is so far unequaled in deaths, property damage and psychological shock. our city, Baguio City, was one of the most devastated areas during the July 16 earthquake, can hardly see any of the fear, sorrow, shock and ruins that characterized the city then. almost everything has gone back to normal including the persistent and increasing applications for subdivision development in the steep slopes of the city. have you ever experienced such a strong earthquake?
17 Jul 07
My grandparents where in San Fransisco when that quake happened. I had only just returned home from there not even 12 hours prior to it. We were going to stay for a couple more days but my dad decided to not fly home but to take the bus. My grandparents had been on the highway that collapsed just 15 minutes before the quake. They said that it was horrible to see.
16 Jul 11
Hello! =) I came upon this old discussion of yours while searching for any old ones on the July 16 earthquake. I was in high school back then. Just got back from school. I live some way off the epicenters but I did feel the strong shake and it shocked be a bit because that was the first time I've ever really felt an earthquake. Prior to that, whenever the older people would tell me, 'hey did you feel that? There was an earthquake.' I would go, 'what earthquake? I didn't feel anything'. But after that July 16, since I learned what it felt like, I became more aware and felt the lower intensity ones. I would disagree with the post above saying that our country is not hit by earthquakes often. We are in the Pacific Ring of Fire, same as Japan, so earthquakes are common here too. I don't have statistics right now but I'm sure PHIVOLCS or the geological societies would show that. The world is lucky that strong quakes are relatively rare... But yes, Japan is one of those who take earthquakes really seriously and develop technologies or building techniques that counter or lessen the damage made by earthquakes. And we all benefit from that. As long as those in charge of building infrastructure follow the standards...