About an hour ago as my daughter and I sat in the blue chairs reading and my spouse was watching his evening action movie, our 28-floor apartment building began to rock back and forth like a big creepy cradle. The dining room ceiling light swayed.
"Earthquake," my daughter said. And we all looked at each other and hung on for the ride which seemed to go on and on and on.
Low in intensity; but long in duration.
It finally stopped and we all leapt up and grabbed our me-machines to find out what the heck had happened and where.
A 7.8 and the epicenter was out in the Pacific Ocean (south of us). The Japan Meteorological Society website has this map showing where it all began at 20:24 (x marks the spot). Note that by the time it arrived chez nous, it was a 2 or 3 (maybe even a 4).
We were hardly alone in being jolted out of our evening routine. This graphic from Fark Japan Quake map shows just how far and wide this one was felt.