Strong earthquake – Eastern Honshu, Japan on September 19, 2013 – 2 injuries reported

Last update: September 20, 2013 at 7:47 am by By

Update September 20th, 07:47 UTC : Only minimal damages like falling roof tiles and broken water pipes are reported from this quake so far.
Update 19:39 UTC:
The 62 year old woman had the shoulder injury, and the 32 year old the foot injury.
Update 19:38 UTC: The 2 injuries were both to women, aged 32 and 62 years old respectively. One had a shoulder injury and the other a foot. We will come to you soon with which injury occurred to which person.
Update 19:29 UTC: News reports have reported 2 injuries as opposed to 1 injury by FDMA.
Update 19:27 UTC: 1 minor injury has been reported in Fukushima. Apart from this injury, no damage has been reported through the official FDMA (fire agency).
Update 19:03 UTC: The plant’s operator of Tokyo Electric Power Co. observed no abnormality in radiation or equipment after the quake.

Update 6:52 UTC: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is giving this earthquake a magnitude of 5.8 at a depth of 20km. Maximum felt intensity giving by the JMA is of 5+, an intensity of 5+ can cause damage around the epicenter.

19km (12mi) ESE of Ishikawa, Japan
20km (12mi) W of Iwaki, Japan
33km (21mi) SE of Sukagawa, Japan
33km (21mi) NNW of Kitaibaraki, Japan
175km (109mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-09-20 02:25:09

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-09-19 17:25:09

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 40 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Eastern Honshu, Japan Sep 19 17:25 5.3 22 MAP I Felt It
  • Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan - Woke me up in the middle of the night.
  • EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Sep 19 17:25 5.4 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tokyo - Was awake lying on bed and clearly felt the tremors for around 1-2 mins.
  • Minato-ku, Tokyo - Long steady rolling quake.
  • Narita - Woke me up, felt strong and made my bed shake quite a bit. On 9th story of Hilton Narita Airport
  • Shinjuku, Tokyo - Shaking on 3rd floor, hanging lamp swaying, woke me up.
  • Tokyo - Wall and all the items in the room started to shake. I could feel the vibration..and it was scary!
  • Kamisu - I was sitting in bed and my apartment on the first floor started shaking, lasting for about 20 seconds.
  • Tokyo Shinjuku - Woke to shaking at 2:22 AM on 15th floor of Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku. Felt as if room were rumbling. After tremor ended, felt as if building were slightly swaying.
  • Tokyo - Holiday in japan. This is my 1st time earthquake and it weird to wake up by this even not strong shaking.
  • Tokyo - It woke me from sleep. Staying at imperial hotel in tokyo
  • Tokyo - Felt it at Imperial Hotel. Shook the bed back and forth.
  • GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Sep 19 17:25 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    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).
    Structures :
    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.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    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.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    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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