Holy Schmoley..... This morning at about 9:20am we felt a pretty big earthquake at school.
At first I thought I was about to pass out... The room was moving and I started feeling nauseous, but then I looked at my JTE (japanese teacher of english) and he also was turning green and grasping onto his chair!!! The earthquake lasted for at least a full minute and was coming in and out in waves.
The teachers ran into the resting room to turn on the TV... my JTE came back out a few minutes later and told me that the epi-center located just off coast on the Pacific side. They were beginning to evacuate some of the coastal towns because they were predicting a tsunami.
Holy crap... But it must not have been that serious because a minute later everything went back to normal... Earthquakes here are like thunderstorms for us in Chicago I guess... I went to go meet with the exchange student from Canada since she had been a little freaked out by it (it was her first time experiencing an earth quake!)
Luckily Sapporo is quite far from the epi-center so we won't be affected.
Here's the earthquake info website: http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html