Important historic earthquakes in Japan

Last update: May 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm by By

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Kitaibaraki, Japan Mar 22 14:47 4.1 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 22 14:47 4.1 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 22 13:50 4.3 57 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 22 13:50 4.3 58 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region Mar 22 00:39 3.8 330 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Namie, Japan Mar 22 00:21 4.6 37 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 22 00:21 4.6 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 22 00:21 4.6 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 21 15:15 4.2 77 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kawaguchi, Japan Mar 21 15:15 4.2 77 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Shingu, Japan Mar 20 12:57 4.4 438 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Yoichi, Japan Mar 20 08:22 4.3 249 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Eastern Sea Of Japan Mar 20 08:22 4.4 248 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Eastern Sea Of Japan Mar 20 08:22 4.7 244 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Naze, Japan Mar 18 16:42 4.2 216 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 18 01:33 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kamaishi, Japan Mar 18 01:33 4.9 17 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 18 01:33 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 17 13:00 4.6 69 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 17 13:00 4.6 69 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Katori-shi, Japan Mar 17 13:00 4.5 56 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Kyushu, Japan Mar 17 06:57 5.2 80 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Kyushu, Japan Mar 17 06:57 5.4 64 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Nishinoomote, Japan Mar 17 06:57 4.9 63 MAP I Felt It
USGS Nago, Japan Mar 16 06:49 3.9 52 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Tomakomai, Japan Mar 15 11:27 4.1 137 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region Mar 15 11:27 4.1 138 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Omigawa, Japan Mar 15 07:30 4.3 63 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Hachijo-jima, Japan Mar 14 06:56 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 14 06:56 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Mar 14 06:56 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Obihiro, Japan Mar 14 03:56 4.7 92 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region Mar 14 03:56 5.0 95 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Hokkaido, Japan Region Mar 14 03:56 5.0 91 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Miyako, Japan Mar 13 06:25 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Yona - No damage
  • EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 13 06:25 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 12 16:47 4.2 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 12 16:47 4.3 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Namie, Japan Mar 12 06:18 4.3 41 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 12 06:18 4.3 42 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 11 19:57 5.3 51 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 11 19:57 5.2 59 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Namie, Japan Mar 11 19:57 5.4 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kyushu, Japan Mar 11 18:48 5.3 148 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Makurazaki, Japan Mar 11 18:48 5.4 141 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kyushu, Japan Mar 11 18:48 5.4 146 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Mar 10 15:53 5.0 124 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 10 15:53 4.9 130 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region Mar 10 15:53 5.0 106 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 10 05:24 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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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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