Very Strong dangerous earthquake Kyushu prefecture (Osaka), Japan – At least 21 injuries (2 severely) + damage

Last update: March 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm by By

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Update 17:48 UTC : The last report from FDMA mentions 21 injuries from whom 2 severely

Update 08:37 UTC :
Hiroshima: 9 injuries, 12 houses in Kure town damaged (walls collapsed), water pipes broke
Okayama: 5 injuries, 3 houses damaged in Okayama town, Kurashiki and Mizushima (factory of Mitsubishi motors)
Oita: 2 injuries, water pipes broke + rockfall
Yamaguchi: 2 injuries
Ehime: 1 injury
Kochi: 1 injury

Update 22:22 UTC : The total number of injuries has risen in the past couple of hours to 13.

Update 19:40 UTC : 4 more injuries reported – 2 in Yamaguchi and 2 in Oita prefectures

Update 18:45 UTC : Another injury in Okayama and some damage has been reported in addition to our earlier updates.

Update 18:20 UTC : Local newsmedia are reporting 3 injuries so far in Okayama, none of them seriously. 2 older woman and a 3-month old baby have been injured and transported to the nearest hospital. 2 other injuries in other areas. All injuries are due to escaping the house while the shaking was going on.

Update 17:37 UTC : Max Wyss, specialized in injuries/fatalities theoretical computing, indicates NO fatalities and a max. of 10 injured. Max Wyss used data with an epicenter below land where local JMA Japan puts the epicenter in the see. Earthquake-report.com does not expect serious damage because of this earthquake but mainly because of the depth of the epicenter (preliminary reports are stating 80 km). Deep earthquakes are not as dangerous as shallow ones.

Update 17:31 UTC : JMA Japan reports a Magnitude of M6.1 at a depth of 80 km. NO news yet from the Japanese Fire Department who normally reports in damage

Update 17:23 UTC : Intensity values (5+ is considered by Earthquake-report.com as potentially damaging.:
5+    Ehime-ken Nan-yo
5-    Hiroshima-ken Hokubu, Hiroshima-ken Nanseibu, Ehime-ken Chuyo, Kochi-ken Seibu, Yamaguchi-ken Tobu, Yamaguchi-ken Chubu, Oita-ken Hokubu, Oita-ken Chubu and Oita-ken Nambu

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106 km SW of Hiroshima-shi, Japan / pop: 1,143,841 / local time: 02:06:53.0 2014-03-14
52 km N of Ōita-shi, Japan / pop: 448,907 / local time: 02:06:53.0 2014-03-14
16 km N of Kunisaki-shi, Japan / pop: 32,781 / local time: 02:06:53.0 2014-03-14

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-03-14 02:06:50

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-03-13 17:06:50

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 73 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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USGS Kunisaki-shi, Japan Mar 13 17:06 6.3 82 MAP I Felt It
  • Fukuoka - I was sleeping at the time and woke up because of the shaking I felt. I am a very sound sleeper, so I was so surprised. Nothing seems to be broken, no books have fallen off the shelves, etc. Thank God it was nothing more than a scary experience.
  • Kobe - woke up to light lateral shaking which got stronger. It seemed to last quite a long time. The house (wooden frame) made loud rattling noises. Movements were lateral only through the entire earthquake.
  • Matsuyama - No damage I am aware of. My building was swaying however.
  • hiroshima - no damage, strong shaking - JMA 4+ in kabe, asakita-ku, hiroshima
  • Beppu - Ben vanacht wakker geschud en ben snel opgestaan en me aangekleed. Door het schudden voelde hey lopen sterk ongecoördineerd. Ik maakte me vooral zorgen over de mogelijkheid op een tsunami, waardoor ik me niet bezorgde over vallende objecten totdat mijn smartphone de aardbevingswaarschuwing doorgaf. Maat al snel hield het schudden op en heb ik gecheckt of er schade was. Heb enkel een glas gevonden dat van de bovenplank in een kastje is gevallen.
  • Fukuoka - I was asleep at 2:06 am and felt the earth shaking in my dream. Sensing something was odd I wakened and felt my bed being shook in a WNW-ESE direction. Back and forth.. about 8 or 9 times back and forth. Complete silence and I wondered if it was just me or everyone going thru this. I listened for sounds of anything falling, but nothing. This morning when I checked my crockery and glass cabinets nothing amiss. Relieved and thankful to have been spared.
  • Chiryu Aichi Pref - je suis au Crown Palais Hotel à CHIRYU vers2h du mat l'impression que mon lit bougeait de droite à gauche comme s'il etait placé sur des silent blocs : premiere fois apres les cyclones je n'avais jamais eu le droi à ca en cinq sejour au japon ;-)
  • Shinshaibashi - first time in life and horrible.. cant imagine being strong like the japanese are..
  • Osaka Namba - Can feel the shake at 28th storey
  • Hiroshima - I woke up right before the quake and felt it from start to finish. This was my first earthquake. So I was very frightened and thought the building was going to go down. I couldn't go back to sleep for a few hours since I was unaware if it would start trembling again. Although I was glad that it did not start up again.
  • EMSC Kyushu, Japan Mar 13 17:06 6.3 73 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kure - The whole house felt like it was swaying.
  • Kyoto - Woken up, hotel shaking, we are away from the epicentre
  • Yamaguchi Ken / Fukuoka Ken - around 2am, a very strong earthquake was experienced here
  • Sanda - Lasted fairly long, apartment swaying slightly, we are far from the epicentre, but probably damage causing.
  • Onojo-shi - Just after 2 in morning, strong shaking, alarm set off
  • Kumamoto - Fue fuerte, no hubo daños pero si un fuerte susto en kumamoto
  • Osaka, Japan - Feeling like rolling in my chair from side to side, like on a ship in a storm
  • Osaka - Building swaying from side to side for a couple of minute
  • Beppu - Bit of shaking, less than a minute. Nothing broken.
  • Hiroshima - I thought our house was gonna go down for awhile.
  • Osaka - La tele est tombé par terre et le batiment a bouger d avant en arrière
  • Imabari - While in bed, apartment began to sway and eventually jostle around a bit for between 10-20 seconds. No damage.
  • Ato - strong shaking,and for quite a long period.
  • Kyoto - Woke up to hotel bed shaking and door banging. Away form any damage, but can't sleep
  • Kyoto - Woke up in the hotel to the bed swaying and the walls creaking.
  • Beppu - apartment rocking, things on the wall clanking noisily, difficulty to stand and gain my balance. I have felt earthquake before but never like this. Really thought this was the end. Luckily, it's alright.
  • Fukuoka city - Woke up to the building and bed swaying for around 20seconds
  • Fukuoka City - Woke up and felt my building shake. Nô damage.
  • Usa-Shi - Intensidade forte mas nenhum dano,agua , luz , telefone internet tudo OK !!!
  • Kobe - Hotel in Sannomiya Kobe woken by the shaking- not from EQ country took me a bit to work out why I was shaking.
  • Hagi - Woken up by violent shaking and loud noises. No damage.
  • Munakata - Was awoken by shaking bed and table at 02:28. There was a lot of rumbling in the hotel.Shaking continued for 10 more minutes. No damage was seen.I am glad to be still alive
  • Nishinoshima - Woke me up, a bit of a long shake but otherwise not too bad.
  • Tottori - Woken up by being rocked from left to right and from the noise of the cupboards shaking. No damage
  • Kobe - I experienced the earthquake around 2am. I just slept that time so i thought i was just dreaming. But it was kind of strong earthquake.
  • Osaka - Woken up by my bed banging against the wall, lasted less than a minute.
  • Hakata - Was in hotel room on 9th floor. Only lasted about 20 seconds, couldn't get my phone out in time to record the "Do not disturb" signs swaying on the door handle. It was quite mild here.
  • Fukuoka - Earthquake alarm from my docomo mobile woke me up. after a moment building started to shake but there was no such damage but little bit afraid since it was my first earthquake experience in japan.just wanna thank alarm system which gave me time to prepare myself.
  • Mihara - Some shattered household objects but fortunately nothing more serious.
  • Hiroshima City - Moderate shaking and swaying in my 7th floor apartment. It caused a bottle of very expensive Italian olive oil in my kitchen to fall into the sink. Fortunately I hadn't done the washing up and my condiment was spared a slippy end.
  • Hiroshima city - Moderate swaying on shaking in my 7th floor apartment. It caused a very expensive bottle of Italian Olive Oil in my kitchen to take a tumble into the sink. Fortunately I hadn't done the washing up so it's fall was broken by some plates and a cup. The tasty condiment was lucky to escape a slippy end this time and will be pressed into breakfast duty forthwith.
  • Hirakata - I felt the earthquake at around 2am with very weak shaking which gradually got stronger and lasted for quite a while (maybe 2 minutes). The glass doors and windows were rattling with the shaking but thankfully it didn't get too strong.
  • Iwakuni - I felt my bed and walls shaking with a noise. I never had a similar experience in years so I was scared, but stayed in bed. I learned later that those who tried to escape got injured.
  • Uwajima - I woke up to the apartment building shaking and the water in my goldfish bowl was sloshing all over the floor. The fish were okay. A crack did develop above my front door.
  • GEOFON Kyushu, Japan Mar 13 17:06 6.3 82 MAP I Felt It


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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
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    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.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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    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.
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    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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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).
    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) ?
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    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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