Important historic earthquakes in Japan

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

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 03 20:31 4.9 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 03 20:31 5.1 56 MAP
USGS 17 Km E Of Funaishikawa, Japan Jun 03 20:31 4.9 44 MAP
EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jun 03 16:31 4.6 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 03 12:20 4.0 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Kyushu, Japan Jun 02 21:32 3.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 02 17:14 4.1 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jun 02 16:03 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jun 02 16:03 4.3 111 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 02 15:41 4.9 2 MAP
USGS 295 Km Se Of ?funato, Japan Jun 02 15:41 4.9 10 MAP
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 02 15:41 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 02 06:41 3.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 02 01:00 3.7 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Kyushu, Japan Jun 01 19:43 3.5 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Shikoku, Japan Jun 01 11:45 4.0 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS 473 Km Sse Of Shimoda, Japan Jun 01 11:18 4.6 34 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Jun 01 11:18 4.6 34 MAP
USGS 458 Km Sse Of Shimoda, Japan Jun 01 10:31 4.9 10 MAP
GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 01 10:31 4.9 74 MAP
EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Jun 01 10:31 5.0 74 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Eastern Sea Of Japan Jun 01 02:04 4.0 209 MAP
USGS 95 Km Nw Of Yoichi, Japan Jun 01 02:04 4.0 205 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Kyushu, Japan Jun 01 00:33 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 31 21:02 5.0 104 MAP
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 31 21:02 5.3 100 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS 11 Km Se Of Okunoya, Japan May 31 21:02 5.3 90 MAP
EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region May 30 18:14 5.6 94 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS 70 Km Ssw Of Kushiro, Japan May 30 18:13 5.6 93 MAP
GEOFON Hokkaido, Japan Region May 30 18:13 5.5 79 MAP
EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan May 29 10:46 3.8 10 MAP
USGS 16 Km Sw Of Toyoshina, Japan May 29 10:05 5.2 10 MAP
GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan May 29 10:05 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan May 29 10:05 5.2 8 MAP
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 29 00:46 3.8 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region May 28 23:43 4.5 100 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS 7 Km Nne Of Otofuke, Japan May 28 23:42 4.5 108 MAP
GEOFON Hokkaido, Japan Region May 28 23:42 4.8 106 MAP
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 28 17:46 3.9 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 28 12:29 4.0 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region May 27 19:09 3.5 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Gotemba, Japan May 27 13:58 4.3 151 MAP
EMSC Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 13:58 4.0 150 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Hirara, Japan May 27 09:19 5.2 38 MAP
GEOFON Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan May 27 09:19 5.4 37 MAP
EMSC Southwestern Ryukyu Isl., Japan May 27 09:19 5.2 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Katsuura, Japan May 27 06:32 4.6 39 MAP
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 06:32 4.6 40 MAP
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 06:32 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 26 09:05 4.6 45 MAP

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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