Damaging earthquake in Nagano, Honshu, Japan - 37 people injured, 5 seriously

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Update November 24, 17:17 UTC : The table below shows the final numbers for the number of injured, collapsed houses and damaged houses.
Translated  we can say : 37 injured people (32 slight and 5 serious), 47 collapsed residential houses, 94 seriously damaged residential houses and 282 slightly damaged residential houses. 38 damaged public buildings and/or infrastructure.

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Update November 23, 10:33 UTC : 34 houses were badly damaged in the Nagano prefecture. 40 people were injured from which 7 has serious injuries. If you watch the video below you will agree with us that it is a miracle nobody got killed in this earthquake

Update 00:35 UTC : More video footage from Hakuba Japan

Update 00:27 UTC : Yahoo Japan reports that the number of injured has climbed to 57 people

Update November 23, 00:22 UTC : At least 23 people are injured and buildings collapsed in Hakuba village Nagano from last nights quake (source @RobertSpeta).

Image courtesy and copyright @samaikukan

Image courtesy and copyright @samaikukan

Update 17:20 UTC : The number of injured has increased to 20

Update 16:43 UTC : In the 16:23 update we did talk about a Thrust type earthqauke. This was confirmed by the following report : In Joetsu,  the road has been lifted about 50cm (Kiyosato District Kaminakajo district)

Update 16: 39 UTC : The latest reports are mentioning 11 injured

Update 16:23 UTC : The damage looks rather limited if we take the strong Magnitude into consideration. One of the main reasons is the earthquake type. Based on the USGS beach-ball below we are looking at a thrust focal mechanism (2 plates pushing towards each other. The resulting movements are far less dangerous than transform earthquakes (the type which hit China today). An additional reason to have weaken the shaking is the location it occurred, the rocky Japanese Alps. This kind of underground does not transmit the earthquake waves like it would be the case in for example a sediment valley.

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Update 16:12 UTC : As we are after midnight in Japan, rescue operations take more time. In some parts of the epicenter area the power is down. There are also reports of broken water pipes, a ruptured fuel tank leaking 1000 liter of oil. Collapsed walls etc. It will take at least 5 to 6 hours (early morning) before we will get a good picture of the damage.

Update 16:01 UTC : So far at least 4  people injured

Update 14:38 UTC : As could be expected, multiple landslides have been notices (these are the Japanese Alps). One of these landslides is blocking the Shirasawa tunnel who links Nagano with Hakuba

Important Update 14:27 UTC : Several buildings collapsed and people possibly buried in Nagano Prefecture. (Source NHK Japan) Update : 4 houses should have been collapsed. No further news at the moment.

Update 14:17 UTC : The Nagano Fire Department is reporting several injuries and a building collapse after 6.8 quake this evening.

Update 14:13 UTC : Kyodo News Reports that Hakuba Village (famous for the 98 olympics) has seen a building collapse.

Update 14:11 UTC : Image of a convenience store in Nagano

Update 14:06 UTC : The city of Nagano has not sustained damage so far (this would be seen almost immediately). Power is still on in Nagano based on the webcam we are looking at. So far we have reports of 2 people who have been injured in Hakuba (ambulance under way).

Update 14:01 UTC : Below the theoretical shaking map of USGS based on a M6.2 Magnitude (JMA Japan reports M6.8)

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Update 13:51 UTC : The Nagano prefecture authority has reported that the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant sustained NO damage but has been shut down as a precautionary measure.

Update 13:47 UTC : Shaking of the Nagano earthquake (ni mention of distance from the epicenter)

Update 13:43 UTC : until now only reports from items falling from shelves. No structural damage so far (too soon to be final of course) (thx to @RobertSpeta living in Japan)

Update 13:37 UTC : Prof. Max Wyss who specializes in theoretical calculations of injured and fatalities based on many parameters expect for this earthquake 0 to 10 fatalities and 0 to 100 injured. He has used the GFZ data (M6.2 at 10 km for his calculations).

Update 13:31 UTC : We expect the whole Nagano prefecture at risk for damage and injuries.

Update 13:30 UTC : EMSC and USGS are reporting a M6.2 Magnitude bur JMA Japan maintains his M6.8 Magnitude at 10 km.

Update 13:24 UTC : Shaking values who may lead to damage. Landslides are almost a certainty! Of course NO tsunami risk because the earthquake happened below mainland Honshu

6-    Nagano-shi Togakushi*, Nagano- shi Kinasa*, Otari-mura Nakaotari*, Ogawa-mura Takafu*
5+    Nagano-shi Hakoshimizu, Nagano-shi Toyonomachi-Toyono*, Nagano-shi Nakajo*, Hakuba-mura Hokujo* and Shinano-machi Kashiwabara-higashiura*
5-    Nagano-shi Shinshushimmachi-shimmachi*, Nagano-shi Ooka*, Nakano-shi Toyotsu*, Omachi-shi Yasaka*

Update 13:22 UTC  : JMA Japan has a theoretical shaking of -6 We at Earthquake-report.com consider 5+ already as probably damaging. The earthquake happened at a shallow depth below Eastern Honshu

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16km (10mi) NNE of Omachi, Japan
24km (15mi) W of Nagano-shi, Japan
33km (21mi) N of Hotaka, Japan
36km (22mi) W of Suzaka, Japan
191km (119mi) NW of Tokyo, Japan

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-11-22 22:08:18

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-22 13:08:18

Depth (Hypocenter) : 12 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Omachi, Japan Nov 22 13:08 6.2 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Nov 22 13:08 6.2 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tokyo - Shaking. 8th floor. 50 seconds
  • Osaka - Movement on hotel 12th floor – no damage
  • Tokyo - No damage
  • Tokyo - Weak shaking for about 30 seconds.
  • Tokyo - 12floor of a hotel, felt the building sway although there was no wind
  • Tokyo - Woke us up.
  • Tokyo - 1st floor, concrete apartment. Very light shaking that lasted a few seconds. Cat was not spooked.
  • Gakuen-nishimachi - Keinerlei Schäden in meiner Wohnung, leichte Schwingungen, aber alle Gegenstände blieben in den Regalen stehen
  • Tokyo - Hotel 8er Stock. Gebäude hat geschaukelt. Vorgang hat gewackelt
  • Toyokawa - Um tremor fraco com movimentos laterais
  • Tokyo - 3rd floor. Weak shaking
  • Tokyo - 9th floor, bed shook enough to wake up. 30 or so seconds
  • Hodogaya - No damage, But bit moderate shaking and aftershock around 30 second
  • Nagoya (city) - Around 22:15 JST (local time). Experienced minor building movement for approximately 5 seconds. Third floor of a 4 story concrete apartment structure. (Perceptible earthquakes are unusual in our immediate area.)
  • Tokio - Gebäude hat geschwankt
  • Tokio - Hotel 34.Stock, Gebäude merklich bewegt und die Wände haben geknarrzt
  • Chikuma - No damage caused in building or surrounding area from what I know. Noticeable moderate shaking of light fittings, tatami walls and our room on the second story of the wooden ryokan we are in. First after shock felt strongly and two subsequent aftershocks felt although considerably less.
  • Itoigawa - Extremely wobbly to walk, many items swinging, but nothing fell.
  • Yaizu - Lampen schwangen hin und her, wackelig auf den Beinen
  • EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Nov 22 13:08 6.2 2 MAP I Felt It


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