2016/04/02

Earthquake Early Warning

When it was about 11:42am yesterday, I was at our office.

Suddenly, a noisy warning alarm started going off from our company's iPad and our staff's smartphone.

Our customer and our staff including me were surprised at the sound.

I checked the iPad, I found the Earthquake Early Warning message and it said that the earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 5 will occur around our city 44 seconds after now.

(The Earthquake early warnings is issued to the genera public as soon as possible by Japan Meteorological Agency through TV, radio, smartphone, cellphone, and so on when an earthquake of Japan seismic scale 5-lower or higher is expected.)

I was panicked, but I tried to keep calm and said to our customer and our colleague:

"The earthquake early warning, the earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 5 will occur around our city 44 seconds after now. Please be careful!"

Fortunately, it was the earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 2 and we hardly felt the earthquake.

 I regretted that I should have told them to hide under the desk later.

As a result, all of us were safe.

But it is said that Nankai megathrust earthquakes probability  with a magnitude of 8-9 within 30 years is 60-70%.

I told my colleague:

"It was very scary.I strongly hope that this earthquake is NOT the warning sign of the Nankai trough major earthquake."

"You are right. I thought I have to prepare water and emergency supplies."

She said.

"You read my idea!"

I told her and we laughed each other.

Actually it will be no laughing matter.

My 7-year-old son told me:

"It is easy! We should move somewhere before the earthquake will occur."

"No way! As long as we live in Japan, we can't escape from the earthquake."

I told him.

We need to take measures against the earthquake as soon as possible.



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2 件のコメント:

  1. Hello Kumi-san,

    It sounds as if you had another eventful day. I hope that you do not have to experience any high magnitude earthquakes in the near or distance future. Although like you say the probability is not in your favor.

    Still you are all very experienced at dealing with earthquakes and you are much more prepared in terms of quality of buildings and infrastructure and having stored supplies. If it happened here I am sure there would be chaos.

    Whichever geologist decided to call it the Nankai Megatrust fault really needs a lesson in not giving already scary things such an ominous name. At first I thought it was a translation error but on researching someone actually decided to call it that.

    Here is a list of some of the issues found with the rest of the post:

    Part 1:

    This line:
    Our customer and our staff including me were surprised at the sound.

    Should be:
    Our customer, staff and me were surprised at the sound.

    Reason: A little verbose it does not need so many connection words.

    This line:
    I checked the iPad, I found the Earthquake Early Warning message and it said that the earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 5 will occur around our city 44 seconds after now.

    Should be:
    I checked the iPad, I found the Earthquake Early Warning message and it said that the earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 5 will occur around our city 44 seconds from now.

    Note: If you want to indicate that something will happen shortly use "from now", after now is as far as I know never used in English when referring future events in the near future. You can also use "in" as follows:

    A Magnitude 5 earthquake will arrive in 44 seconds
    In 10 seconds the shaking was over
    If you kids are not dressed in 10 seconds there will be trouble.

    This line:
    (The Earthquake early warnings is issued to the genera public as soon as possible by Japan Meteorological Agency through TV, radio, smartphone, cellphone, and so on when an earthquake of Japan seismic scale 5-lower or higher is expected.)

    Should be:
    (The Earthquake early warnings are issued to the general public as soon as possible by Japan Meteorological Agency through TV, radio, phones and so on when an earthquake of Japan seismic scale 5 or higher is expected.)

    Note: When you want to refer to different types of phones (smartphone/mobile phones/landline phones) you can just use phones to include all of them. Also I alter the part of the sentence that starts "Japan seismic scale 5-lower" because I assume you mean that the alert will only be triggered if the seismic scale is at or above a scale of 5. If this is wrong then please ignore.

    This line:
    "The earthquake early warning, the earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 5 will occur around our city 44 seconds after now. Please be careful!"

    Should be:
    "The earthquake early warning, an earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 5 will occur around our city 44 seconds from now. Please be careful!"

    Or:
    "The earthquake early warning, an earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 5 will occur around our city in 44 seconds. Please be careful!"

    This line:
    Fortunately, it was the earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 2 and we hardly felt the earthquake.

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  2. Part 2:

    Should be:
    Fortunately, it was an earthquake of Japanese intensity scale of 2 and we hardly felt the earthquake.

    This line:
    I regretted that I should have told them to hide under the desk later.

    Should be:
    I later regretted that I did not (tell/inform) them to hide under the desk.

    This line:
    But it is said that Nankai megathrust earthquakes probability with a magnitude of 8-9 within 30 years is 60-70%.

    Should be:
    But it is said that Nankai megathrust earthquake of magnitude 8-9 within 30 years has a probability of 60-70%.

    This line:
    "It was very scary.I strongly hope that this earthquake is NOT the warning sign of the Nankai trough major earthquake."

    Should be:
    "It was very scary. I strongly hope that this earthquake is NOT the warning sign of a major Nankai trough earthquake."

    This line:
    "You read my idea!"

    Should be:
    "You read my mind!"

    Note: Read my mind is a very common idiom indicating that two people thought of the same idea.

    This line:
    I told her and we laughed each other.

    Should be:
    I told her and we laughed at each other.

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