Massive earthquake Honshu, Japan – Tsunami warning/advisories canceled – 9 people injured, 1 serious

Last update: December 8, 2012 at 11:11 am by By

Earthquake overview : A massive M7.3 earthquake struck the Honshu, Japan coast , but luckily far out in the sea. Tsunami alert for 1 prefecture and more tsunami advisories for other prefectures was issued
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Update Dec 8, 11:03 UTC  :
- Some reports are referring to 13 people injured. FDMA however keeps it on the 9 we have mentioned (official source)
- Some reports are also stating that a person on a boat is missing at Iwaki prefecture. This cannot have been a earthquake victim as there were no waves or tsunami movements which could have inflicted such an accident
- We have counted 8 aftershocks greater than M5 since the mainshock. The potential for M6+ aftershocks is very real in the short term and will remain permanently for the following months although with lesser intervals.


Update 22:51 UTC : Aftershocks keep raging almost continuously in the greater epicenter area. They have a tendency to get gradually weaker, but now and then a major 6.X is still a possibility

Update 17:21 UTC : FDMA Japan, the agency dealing with rescue and relief all over Japan is reporting that 9 people were registered with various wounds. 8 were slightly injured, 1 seriously

Update 16:42 UTC : Since the mainshock, strong to very strong aftershocks keep shaking the epicenter area in the ocean. As this is far out the coast (+200 km) and relatively shallow, only the heavier aftershocks will be felt at the coast. On our monitors we see still a lot of Japanese people online, which may indicate that they can’t sleep as it is in the middle of the Japanese night.

Good to know and proud to communicate it :
Even before the first I Have Felt It report arrived at our desk,  we received a mention of our just programmed EEDS (Early Earthquake Detection System). This alert arrived in our office at 08:22 UTC, barely 4 minutes after the earthquake occurred. Taking into account that the earthquake needed a number of seconds before it generated shaking at the coast and further inland, the time in between the end of the shaking and our detection is max. 1 minute.  This astonishing short notice (USGS email arrived 16 minutes after the earthquake) is thanks to ou our readers.
Of course we have no earthquake data at that time, but the first IHFI (or Experience) reports are telling us a lot more within a couple of minutes more.
Next step : Calibrating and further refining of the data to enable an immediate posting of a preliminary earthquake row in the database and showing that we presumably noticed an earthquake, facilitating to capture of I Have Felt It reports even sooner.
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Update 12:52 UTC : A lot of Japanese people living on the east Honshu coastline and a little inland will have to spend un uncomfortable night because of the aftershocks and the risk on a few major aftershocks.
A similar earthquake as today occurred last year a couple of  days before the major M8.9 Tohoku earthquake which killed thousands of people because of a massive tsunami. There is NO reason whatsoever to expect the same scenario, but as earthquakes are unpredictable in timing, Magnitude and epicenter location, no guarantee can be made.
Important update 11:20 UTC :  All Tsunami Warnings/Advisories have been cancelled

 

Update 11:16 UTC : 5 people taken to the hospital in Miyagi prefecture with injuries following , none serious. The latest and probably final Tsunami gauges measurements below :

Image courtesy JMA Japan

Update 10:13 UTC : The Tsunami Warning and Advisories are still in place in Japan. So far the JMA Gauges have measured the following level changes :

Information courtesy JMA Japan

Update 10:00 UTC : A shaking video recoreded by a security camera at Fukushima

 

Update 09:34 UTC : We are very grateful that so many Japanese readers started to send their experience reports to Earthquake-Report.com, almost as soon as the shaking stopped. We are proud to serve the worldwide community with your help.

Update 09:34 UTC : Tsunami warning and tsunami advisories are still in place at the various prefectures. Ofunate at Iwaki prefecture has received tsunami waves of 20 cm. We maintain our expectation as a narrow escape os a damaging tsunami.

Update 09:27 UTC : The area most at risk was Miyagi prefecture. Reports from the area indicate a tsunami of 1 meter (expected scenario from JMA was 0.5 to 2 meters in that area). If this would be the maximum, thats would have been a narrow escape of damage.
We are however not sure at all about this as tsunamis are really different from area to area, even in the same prefecture.

Update 09:05 UTC : Tokyo Electric says there is no problem with cooling system at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after Japan quake.

Update 09:03 UTC : Japanese 5 lower scale generally correlates to a Intensity VII in the MMI scale used worldwide. This could cause significant damage inland. The pattern of intensity seems to be very similar to that of the 2011 Tohoku quake however around 2.5 MMI points, and 1.4 JMA points lower.

Update 08:58 UTC : The tsunami (if triggered) will not coincide with high tide (with this occurring at 9:30pm Japanese time) and the tsunami due to hit around 6.30pm. This should only be a localised tsunami. With already damaged buildings from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the shaking may collapse some buildings.

Update 08:53 UTC : The mainshock is being followed by multiple strong aftershocks which go above M6 (which is already considered as a major earthquake)

Important update 08:44 UTC : The max. shaking intensity as reported by Japan Seismological Institute should be 5-, which is just below the value we are seeing as very dangerous for damage and injuries.
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Update 08:41 UTC : we will soon start an in-depth article on what is happening but this information is the essential at this point.

Update 08:235 UTC : Based on the data what we see at the moment, the epicenter is reported as far out of the coast which eliminates a lot of danger for shaking devastation.
Tsunami danger remains as indicated below and untill green alert is given again.
People on Honshu are reporting us a very strong shaking, which does not necessary has to lead to a lot of damage.
Based on our experience, a large Tohoku style tsunami should not be expected, but is is wise to look for higher grounds as people in Japan do know very well.

Update : Magnitude as measured by JMA Japan is M7.3

A Tsunami warning is in place for Miyagi prefecture

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Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 7.3 (JMA Japan)
UTC Time : 2012-12-07 08:18:24 UTC
Local time at epicenter : 2012-12-07 18:18:24 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km (JMA Japan)
Geo-location(s) :
245km (152mi) SE of Kamaishi, Japan
245km (152mi) ESE of Ofunato, Japan
251km (156mi) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan
251km (156mi) SE of Otsuchi, Japan
462km (287mi) ENE of Tokyo, Japan

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USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 23:00 5.6 34 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 22:59 5.6 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 22:59 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 21:36 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 21:36 4.8 27 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 21:36 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 21:20 4.7 40 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 21:20 4.7 41 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 21:01 5.0 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 21:01 4.9 21 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 21:01 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 20:30 4.9 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 20:30 4.9 25 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 20:30 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 19:25 5.1 40 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 19:25 4.9 38 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 19:24 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:18 5.0 32 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:18 5.0 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:18 4.9 36 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:11 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:11 4.7 34 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:11 4.8 30 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:01 5.1 30 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:01 5.1 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 16:01 5.2 36 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 15:15 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 15:15 5.0 58 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 15:15 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 14:32 4.6 30 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 14:32 4.7 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 14:32 4.5 23 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:58 5.0 34 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:58 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:58 5.1 35 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:48 4.8 35 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:48 4.8 39 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:48 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:47 4.6 26 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:34 4.7 42 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:33 4.7 40 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:33 4.7 34 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:05 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:05 5.0 43 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 12:05 4.9 34 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:56 4.6 35 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:56 4.6 35 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:23 4.8 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:23 5.1 28 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:23 4.9 23 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:13 4.8 38 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:13 4.7 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:13 5.0 29 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:01 4.7 35 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 09:01 4.7 35 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:48 5.5 34 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:48 5.5 30 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:48 5.4 22 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:31 6.2 29 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:31 6.2 30 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:31 6.1 26 MAP I Felt It
PTWC Off The East Coast Of Honshu Japan Dec 07 08:25 7.3 33 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:18 7.3 36 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:18 7.3 30 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:18 7.3 33 MAP I Felt It
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  • GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 07 08:18 7.3 33 MAP I Felt It

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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
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    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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