Last week saw quite a few earth tremors here in Japan, and combining with the typhoons which also swept the country, resulted in dramatic footage on TV of whole roads sliding away and a lot of general discussion in the press (“more concrete!”). This year has been one of the most seizmically active years for a while, and hopefully this will be a good thing – easing tensions over many small quakes rather than in one huge shift. Coverage in Japan Today, CNN and IndoLink.
Another facet of quakes which tends not to get a lot of press, but which should be borne in mind with many earthquakes are tsunami (tidal waves). Asahi did a commentary on Japan’s preparedness for these here.