on colliding plates
and human fault lines
There has not been a major earthquake in Tokyo since 1921. This may not be good news. Tokyo sits at the intersection of three tectonic plates. The Pacific, Philippine Sea and Eurasia plates all converge in Tokyo. Every hundred years or so, they tend to cause a major disaster. Tokyo is overdue for a big one.
These plates are colliding. They’re grinding into each other. Tokyo, as a result experiences regular earthquakes. I’m writing this on a Saturday morning. The last recorded earthquake in Tokyo was on Wednesday. It was a minor quake with a magnitude of 3.1.
When you live in an earthquake zone there are regular tremors. People there talk about earthquakes much like Canadians talk about the weather. When there hasn’t been an earthquake or tremor in a while, people get concerned. The small tremors and low magnitude quakes release the tension that’s built up between the plates. The longer the time frame between tremors, the more tension that needs to be relieved.
Who doesn’t need a good shake?
There are times when we all need a good shake. Baffling things cause me to give my head a shake. Other times, there are some people that I would love to grab a hold of and shake some sense into them.
Tension is building in Tokyo. Apparently they’re ready for it. Buildings are mounted on ball bearings. Things are meant to move and sway. Everything has flex and give engineered into the system.
Even better, the people there live with reality as part of their every day lives. For people there, it’s not a matter of if there is another major earthquake, but when. With that in mind, there are policies and procedures in place to deal with the inevitable. People are aware of evacuation routes, gathering points and understand the warning signs. All of this is part of urban planning.
Are you at all like a human earthquake?
Is there a part of you life where there is so much under the surface pressure, it feels like the collision of tectonic plates?
Do you rumble and tremor or is everyone waiting for ‘the big one?’
When ‘the big one comes’ are people expecting it?
What happens along the fault lines of your life?