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

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 25 20:16 4.5 62 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 25 20:16 4.5 62 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Jun 25 06:17 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Iida, Japan Jun 25 06:17 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Jun 25 06:17 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Ina, Japan Jun 25 00:24 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Jun 25 00:24 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Ina, Japan Jun 24 22:02 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Kyoto - Very light shaking
  • Kyoto - Moderate shaking here at Kyotyo
  • Nagoya - Nagano aftershocks
  • Nagoya - Very light shaking felt in Nagoya
  • Kodaira - For this location, quite far from the center, it has been reported as M1 but I would say M2. It has been quite long, around to 1 min (or even more). I suppose it has been quite strong in Nagano. I hope everybody to be OK.
  • Takayama - Light shaking
  • Nisshin - Light shaking
  • Tokyo - Ca m'a réveillé. Mais c'était des faibles secousses. Aucun dommage
  • Hakuba - Shaking lasted between 5-8 seconds at my 3 level home on timber stilts. No damage to any property
  • Ina - Moderate shaking at Ina
  • Okuwa, Nagano - About 10 seconds, we're near the epicenter.
  • Gifu-shi - Moderate shaking noticed here
  • Nara - ca. 6 Sekunden
  • GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Jun 24 22:02 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Jun 22 23:59 4.5 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Otsuchi, Japan Jun 22 23:59 4.5 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 22 23:59 4.8 49 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Jun 22 22:04 4.9 40 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Hachijo-jima, Japan Jun 22 22:04 4.9 35 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 22 22:04 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 21 08:13 4.1 36 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 21 08:13 4.1 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Saiki, Japan Jun 20 14:27 5.0 45 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kyushu, Japan Jun 20 14:27 5.0 45 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kyushu, Japan Jun 20 14:27 4.9 67 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nago, Japan Jun 19 20:32 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jun 19 20:32 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jun 19 20:32 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Jun 18 20:51 4.8 46 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ishikawa, Japan Jun 18 20:51 4.5 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Jun 18 20:51 4.7 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Mooka, Japan Jun 18 16:23 4.3 85 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Volcano Islands, Japan Region Jun 18 11:19 4.1 100 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Volcano Islands, Japan Region Jun 18 11:18 4.8 43 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Iwo Jima, Japan Jun 18 11:18 4.8 31 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Chichi-shima, Japan Jun 16 19:05 4.8 501 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Bonin Islands, Japan Region Jun 16 19:05 4.6 521 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Bonin Islands, Japan Region Jun 16 19:05 4.3 512 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kyushu, Japan Jun 16 13:39 4.6 42 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Niihama, Japan Jun 14 10:24 4.4 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Shikoku, Japan Jun 14 10:24 4.4 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sea Of Japan Jun 13 23:37 4.4 375 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Sea Of Japan Jun 13 23:37 4.6 368 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Chichi-shima, Japan Jun 13 14:31 4.6 435 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Bonin Islands, Japan Region Jun 13 14:31 5.0 446 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 12 19:04 4.5 70 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hirara, Japan Jun 10 22:13 4.6 131 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kushiro, Japan Jun 10 07:31 4.5 22 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Hokkaido, Japan Region Jun 10 07:31 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Osaka - Rütteln dauerte ca. 1 Min.
  • GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 09 19:34 4.9 52 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 09 19:34 4.7 26 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jun 08 00:25 4.9 63 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Asahi, Japan Jun 08 00:25 4.9 38 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Chiba, Japan - 2 secondes
  • USGS Iwo Jima, Japan Jun 04 18:46 5.2 32 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Volcano Islands, Japan Region Jun 04 18:46 5.0 27 MAP I Felt It INFO

    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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