Shocking earthquake hits
the least likely of places –
Hokkaido stay safe!
Japan has really had every weather problem thrown at it this year, even the heat which killed a lot of people in Tokyo. It was just too much for some people, mostly the elderly. The latest up to today was the tornado Jebi that has ripped through Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. Now another earthquake has hit Japan, only in the unlikeliest of places.
An earthquake measuring 6.7 has just hit Sapporo, and a neighbouring town called Atsuma, up in Hokkaido. This earthquake has caused landslides, another thing you wouldn’t really expect in Hokkaido. To see pictures of streets in Sapporo covered in mud is just unreal. I never thought Hokkaido would be hit by an earthquake. I know aftershocks from an earthquake on the main island affected it in 2008 and who knows maybe aftershocks hit it after the earthquake/tsunami in 2011, but an actual earthquake and a pretty strong one at that. I was not in Hokkaido on my recent trip as I wanted to visit a totally different – yet similar in one way because of its expansive green countryside – part of the archipelago but it will always be special as it was the first place I really explored in Japan and I plan to go back and explore a bit more of this wonderful island.
I hope folks in Hokkaido affected by this and the folks down in Honshu affected by Jebi are keeping safe. I don’t know of any deaths yet caused by the earthquake /landslides but at least 11 have died because of Jebi. I imagine people in far western Japan are still recovering from the hurricane and landslides a couple of months ago. Let’s not forget people in other, poorer, parts of the world who are also affected by weather disasters. Mother Nature of course is blind to rich or poor countries in wrecking her devastation and recovery can be tough everywhere (and people who have lost family members or homes deserve compassion wherever they live in the world).
Climate change and its strange consequences cannot be denied, whether or not a country, like Japan, is earthquake prone by nature. Some countries have had unusually hot summers while other places have had unusually late starting or short summers. Anyone who denies climate change has to be an idiot in the extreme.