Quake shakes Taiwan, Japan
TAIPEI — A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan on Friday, rocking buildings in the capital but causing no damage or casualties, the Central Weather Bureau said. The quake's epicentre was located about 150 kilometres southeast of Taipei, the bureau said. Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no threat of a tsunami. The quake was also felt in the Yonaguni islands in southwestern Japan, but there were no reports of damage or injuries there either, officials said. Taiwan's weather bureau warned against aftershocks, but said they were not expected to cause any damage because of the epicentre's distance from the island. Quakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage. However, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan in September, 1999, killed more than 2,300 people.
Ok now there is nothing to panic about.... just because I haven't seen an email from R in 3 days or the fact that he hasn't texted me to tell me he is fine, does not mean he is not fine.... This is pretty scary for me and Kay (although at this moment Kay has no clue about the earthquake and she probably won't know until I mention it or hearing it on the radio) because he is on the otherside of the world and we would have no idea if something has happened. And who the heck would contact us to let us know if something has happened??? NO ONE. His parents can't speak english, his brother has no info on us except for knowing we are here in Vancouver, ok, maybe his secretary, A, she might send me an email or call on me. But I am not counting on this one either. I am sure he is FINE. I will give him a wake up call when I get home from work, around 5.30ish (Taipei: Saturday 8.30am), I'm sure he will not be too pleased to get a wake up call so early on a weekend but that's what you get when you don't let us know YOU ARE FINE.
*Updated July 30, 2006 1.15am* R is fine, he called in to let us know he was ok and it wasn't as bad as I thought. He was also surprised to learn that the news stated the earthquake at 6.1 because he didn't think it was that bad. I guess he is used to having earthquakes.....