Hokkaido Earthquake

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There was an earthquake centred near Obihiro in Hokkaido at 11:20pm last night.

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/1/20130202232135384-022317.html

Here in Furano we felt it as about a 30 episode of slow moving waves.

The best first hand report that I've found this morning was on: http://earthquake-report.com/2013/02/02/earthquakes-in-the-world-on-february-2-2013-m4-5-or-more/

"I was all like "Whoa" and then the walls were going "bumb bum bub bub" and my computer screen was going "rikki rikki rikki rikki" and then it was over and I washed my hands."
 
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6.9 i've told from a mate of mine up in Northern Hokkaido. My bro in central Honshu felt it too, lasted about a minute. No real damage as far as they said.
 

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I was quite ill with some food posioning and in bed in my Sapporo Hotel room. The phone started alarming and when I looked at the screen it was full of Kanji but had in English "Emergency!!"

I thought someone was in my room trying to wake me up by shaking the bed (I was ill) and when I turned on the light and the shaking continued I realised it was an earthquake. Agee with Spaceman that it felt like waves rolling the room up and down (I was on the 10th floor).
 

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I was the only one out of 9 in our apartment that felt it here in Niseko. First I though I was just a little drunk, but could here my door shaking
 

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Benchives and I just got in to our room in Tokyo on the 13th floor. I was sitting on the bed when chives jumped onto his bed it hit. The timing made it seem like Ben jumping ont his bed shook the whole building! Took a couple of seconds to register that it was a quake. Quite a bit of swaying in the building for a good 30 seconds or so.
 
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cin said:
Benchives and I just got in to our room in Tokyo on the 13th floor. I was sitting on the bed when chives jumped onto his bed it hit. The timing made it seem like Ben jumping ont his bed shook the whole building! Took a couple of seconds to register that it was a quake. Quite a bit of swaying in the building for a good 30 seconds or so.
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bearcub had a similar experience in NZ a few years ago - blamed the roommate to start with, then ended up outside in is boxers within half a second of realizing it was a quake.
 
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Sandy, yes wasn't so much shaking as swaying/rolling. Its why I thought someone was swinging my bed back and forth.
 

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It hardly registered with me as i woke up towards the end of it, i was like, why am i rolling side to side in my bed, then i realised it was a quake, then the ride was over.
 

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My daughter told me that she was woken by her room shaking last night, I on the other hand may have consumed a few too many Sapporos to notice anything.
 

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No one else got the alarm on their phone ? That was not possible to sleep through !!

You guys at Niseko must have been buffered from it. From a 10th floor in Sapporo it was hard to imagine sleeping through it.
 

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RE Phone - It depends on what you have your threshold set to. Depending on where you are most areas are OK with a 6.9mag quake, at a guess they would have their SMS limit above that.

Also, the phone alert has a good habit of being after the quake, again depending on where you are. It's amusing to have a bit of a shake then 10mins later the alarm goes off.
 
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I got the emergency alarm on my phone - very effective noise.
 

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The phone alarm was effective. It makes a unique noise (as spaceman said)and I thought it went off simulateously with the start of the earthquake
 

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I was in Tokyo last March and was sitting in an underground restaurant with two local businessmen.

All of a sudden once of their phones started making a noise and the guy said it was an earthquake warning alarm, and then 1 second later we felt the earthquake. I was very impressed by the speed of their warning system
 

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1 second later is not a lot of time!

Yeah, thinking that also.. Being underground and all.

And why exactly was Gareth underground in a bar with two Japanese Businessmen?
 
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In Australia, a "similar" emergency warning system would be a letter in the post 3 weeks after the event!
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gareth_oau said:
I was in Tokyo last March and was sitting in an underground restaurant with two local businessmen.

All of a sudden once of their phones started making a noise and the guy said it was an earthquake warning alarm, and then 1 second later we felt the earthquake. I was very impressed by the speed of their warning system

scalymanfish said:
1 second later is not a lot of time!

It depends how far away it is.....

I've heard probably 10-15 of them(mostly just after the Big One), and the biggest one was about 10-12 seconds later.
 
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