Deep M6.9 earthquake hits off the west coast of Ogasawara Islands, Japan

Deep M6.9 earthquake hits off the west coast of Ogasawara Islands, Japan

A very strong earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.9 hit off the west coast of Ogasawara Islands, Japan at 08:35 UTC (17:35 JST) on April 27, 2024. The agency is reporting a depth of 540 km (335 miles). USGS is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 503 km (312 miles), EMSC M6.5 at a depth of 497 km (308 miles).

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Shikoku, Japan

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Shikoku, Japan

A strong earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.4 hit Shikoku at 14:14 UTC (23:14 LT) on April 17, 2024. The agency is reporting a depth of 50 km (31 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 25.7 km (16 miles).

Strong M6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

Strong M6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan at 03:16 UTC on April 4, 2024. The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (25 miles). The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 40 km.

Widespread liquefaction hampers reconstruction after M7.6 earthquake in Ishikawa, Japan

Widespread liquefaction hampers reconstruction after M7.6 earthquake in Ishikawa, Japan

In the aftermath of the January 1 earthquake, the city of Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture faces significant challenges due to liquefaction, severely impacting infrastructure and complicating relief efforts. Continuous aftershocks further hinder the restoration process, with houses, roads, and manholes notably affected. Governor Hiroshi Hase has requested a comprehensive investigation from the central government to address the escalating situation, emphasizing the need for seismic reinforcement of underground infrastructure.

M6.3 earthquake hits Volcano Islands, Japan region at intermediate depth

M6.3 earthquake hits Volcano Islands, Japan region at intermediate depth

A strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.3 hit Volcano Islands, Japan at 11:19 UTC on February 12, 2024. The agency is reporting a depth of 260 km (161 miles). The USGS is reporting the quake as M6.1 at a depth of 250 km (155 miles); EMSC as M6.0 at a depth of 254 km (159 miles).

Heavy to record-breaking snowfall hitting Japan, including earthquake-hit Ishikawa Prefecture

Heavy to record-breaking snowfall hitting Japan, including earthquake-hit Ishikawa Prefecture

A powerful M7.6 earthquake centered in the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, on January 1, 2024, was followed by intense snowfall a week later, creating very hard conditions for survivors and complicating rescue efforts. On January 8, authorities reported 161 fatalities caused by the earthquake and 305 people missing.