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
USGS Nemuro, Japan May 17 18:42 5.8 10 MAP
GEOFON Hokkaido, Japan Region May 17 18:42 5.7 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Hasaki, Japan May 17 03:12 5.3 41 MAP
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 17 03:12 5.3 45 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tokyo - Light shaking
  • Yokohama, Kanagawa - I am on the 17th floor of an office building. Shaking lasted maybe 15-30 seconds. Felt like a truck driving by when at grade elevation.
  • Tokio - Moderate shaking
  • Tokyo - It lasted 15-20 seconds.
  • Narita - Moderate shaking
  • Zushi City - Approx 2 minutes. No damage.
  • Narita area - I can't remember how long it lasted, but it was quite a while. I woke up from a nap to the clanging of wooden clothes hangers in the closet, rocking from the tremors. Pretty interesting feeling I have never felt before, also felt dizzy on my feet... very weird.
  • Tsukuba - Light shaking
  • Tokyo - I was on the 10th floor of a hotel in central Tokyo. The whole building swayed for about 30 seconds to a minute. Pens rolled off the desk and the curtains were visibly moving.
  • misawa - two 5 second intervals
  • Tokyo - Light shaking
  • GEOFON Ryukyu Islands, Japan May 16 22:00 4.4 140 MAP
    USGS Naze, Japan May 16 22:00 4.7 132 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan May 16 22:00 4.7 132 MAP
    USGS Hachinohe, Japan May 15 18:47 4.2 53 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 15 18:47 4.2 51 MAP
    EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan May 15 05:00 4.5 45 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 15 05:00 4.7 41 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Miyako, Japan May 14 10:31 5.0 40 MAP
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 14 10:31 5.0 41 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Chichi-shima, Japan May 13 22:54 4.5 33 MAP
    EMSC Bonin Islands, Japan Region May 13 22:54 4.5 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Shingu, Japan May 13 14:03 4.2 413 MAP
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 12 16:49 4.7 79 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 12 16:49 4.7 60 MAP
    USGS Ishinomaki, Japan May 12 16:49 4.9 48 MAP
    USGS Omachi, Japan May 12 01:29 5.1 14 MAP
    GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan May 12 01:29 5.1 11 MAP
    EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan May 12 01:29 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Iiyama - Lasted approximately 15 seconds. No damage.
  • EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region May 11 21:52 4.5 20 MAP
    USGS Hachijo-jima, Japan May 11 21:52 4.5 25 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Chichi-shima, Japan May 10 19:03 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 10 10:57 4.8 42 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Namie, Japan May 10 10:57 4.8 38 MAP
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 10 10:57 4.8 45 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Naze, Japan May 10 05:03 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Morioka-shi, Japan May 06 20:00 5.1 99 MAP
    GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan May 06 20:00 5.1 94 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kumamoto-shi, Japan May 06 12:13 4.3 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hachijo-jima, Japan May 06 06:04 5.3 10 MAP
    GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan May 06 06:03 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Ryukyu Islands, Japan May 06 02:05 4.5 44 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kazuno, Japan May 05 22:15 4.5 8 MAP
    EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan May 05 22:15 4.5 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nishinoomote, Japan May 05 03:59 4.6 28 MAP
    EMSC Kyushu, Japan May 05 03:59 4.6 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Daigo, Japan May 04 11:40 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Narashino, Japan May 03 17:17 4.4 65 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 03 17:17 4.6 70 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 03 17:07 4.8 69 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tokyo - 3 times in a row I felt the house was shaking. First time strong, second and third time less but still shaky. This was all around 2AM
  • GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 03 17:07 4.8 65 MAP
    USGS Yachimata, Japan May 03 17:07 4.5 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Oyama, Japan May 02 00:55 4.2 321 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region May 02 00:55 4.2 323 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nishinoomote, Japan Apr 30 16:25 4.3 116 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kyushu, Japan Apr 30 16:25 4.3 117 MAP
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 29 03:09 4.3 46 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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