Unfortunately, nature doesn’t care about our international multi-sport events. It shall unfold its wrath with no warning. A recent proof was seen and literally felt by sports fans on Wednesday morning local time. An earthquake jolted the coast of Japan, and it lasted somewhere between 20 seconds and 3 minutes.
The news is brought by Insider, and the quake was felt by some of those who attended the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Fortunately, there’s no info yet about anyone getting hurt nor the danger of any tsunami. The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that the jolt hit at about 5:30 a.m. local time.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake
The earthquake wasn’t too strong, but at a magnitude 6.0, it’s still brisk enough to scare the competition spirit out of you. The epicentre of the jolt was 40 km.
I felt what appeared to be a mild earthquake here in Tokyo. Around 5:33 am Wednesday morning here. Rolled for a good 20 seconds. Interestingly my crew 3 floors below me felt nothing. Japanese meteorological agency reporting 6.0 magnitude.
— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) August 3, 2021
Earthquakes between magnitudes 6.0 to 6.9 are usually considered strong. Such shakings can generally cause slight damage to buildings. They also have the potential to cause a lot of damage in areas that are intensely populated.
Mark Beretta, who’s an Australian journalist, was broadcasting live from a broadcast tower when the earthquake kicked in. He declared, as quoted by Independent.co.uk:
Welcome back to the Olympic city where we are currently in an earthquake, an earth tremor,
The roof above us is moving and you might notice our lights and camera are moving as well.
He also added:
That was quite an unusual moment, I have not been through an earthquake before.
Trying to predict earthquakes hours or days before happening is still nothing more than a scenario for sci-fi movies. Until technology eventually evolves enough to grant scientists such privilege, all we can do is be precautious. An earthquake can strike at any moment, and we should never forget that.