There was an earthquake in the early evening today in the ocean east of the gap between Hokaido and Honshu. It was powerful enough to trigger warnings on television of a possible tsunami, which thankfully never materialized.
Then a few minutes after 9pm an earthquake occurred near the border of Chiba prefecture and Ibaraki prefecture which is where we are staying. This was the most powerful earthquake I have experienced yet. I now have a lot of respect for them. I hope I do not have to experience fear.
Yayoi's cell phone began repeating the message that an earthquake was happening. The electronic system controlling the hot water supply set a error message and had to be restarted. Our hosts rushed over from their next door home and asked whether we were okay.
We are, but I was seriously worried that there might be damage to the house while it was occurring.