The first shock hit at a. A by mile segment of the Philippine oceanic plate ruptured and thrust itself against the Eurasian continental plate, releasing a massive burst of tectonic energy. Zacharias, then a young U. The date was September 1, , and the event was the Great Kanto Earthquake, at the time considered the worst natural disaster ever to strike quake-prone Japan. The initial jolt was followed a few minutes later by a foot-high tsunami. A series of towering waves swept away thousands of people.
Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011
Powerful magnitude earthquake jolts Tohoku area | The Japan Times
It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan , and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in The earthquake moved Honshu the main island of Japan 2. The tsunami swept the Japanese mainland and killed over 15, people, mainly through drowning, though blunt trauma also caused many deaths. The latest report from the Japanese National Police Agency report confirms 15, deaths,  6, injured,  and 2, people missing  across twenty prefectures , and a report from indicated , people were still living away from their home in either temporary housing or due to permanent relocation.
2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. A powerful magnitude 7. The quake, which measured a strong 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale — the second-highest level — jolted Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in the Tohoku region. No tsunami warning was issued, but the earthquake was the strongest to hit the region since April 7, , the Meteorology Agency said. People were reported hurt in Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Saitama and Chiba prefectures, but no serious injuries were confirmed.
Japan rocked by 'aftershock' from devastating 9. A liquor shop's manager clears damaged bottles following Saturday's quake. The 7. At least 48 injuries were reported in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, according to state broadcaster NHK, but there were no major casualties. The epicenter hit about 46 miles 74 kilometers northeast of Namie, a coastal town 60 miles from Fukushima, according to the United States Geological Survey.