6.9 magnitude earthquake shakes central and northern Japan, Aug. 9thAt 7:56pm, August 9th (JST), an earthquake measuring at a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale shook central and northern Japan. The earthquake's epicenter was located south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean and at a depth of 211 miles, according to Japan Meteorological Agency. No reports of damage or injury have been issued yet, but bullet trains heading north from Tokyo were briefly stopped.
12 killed, 10 missing as typhoon hits Japan, Aug. 10th
If I hadn't read this on a Japanese news site I wouldn't even have known about it. I hope all new JETs in these prefectures aren't too shaken up. Although I'm sure Nagano isn't earthquake-proof we are quite far from the sea, so will hopefully never experience the typhoon or the tsunami firsthand.