Today we had the biggest earthquake I’ve experienced in the 18 years I’ve lived in Japan. It felt very much like our house was about to collapse. The walls were visibly swaying back and forth and groaning ominously.
It was like a roaring giant was standing beside the building, punching it.
Fortunately, the only consequence was some objects knocked off shelves (my wife’s perfume). All the trains were shut down and both my wife’s and my classes were cancelled for the day because the trains weren’t running. The TV news is showing nonstop images of damage in Osaka. We have had four pretty strong aftershocks so far, each decent earthquakes in their own right. Three people died, including a 9-year-old girl who was killed when a wall collapsed on her.