Major Earthquakes in Japan and some of them predicted by Jucelino Luz
Every year more than 1600 earthquakes are registered in Japan. They occur daily, with varying intensity: some with greater intensity, others almost imperceptible, and some have been predicted by Jucelino Luz . The reason for the high frequency of these phenomena is due to the location of the Japanese archipelago, situated between three tectonic plates. Japan may have big problems in the near future, because there we have one of the big volcanoes “Mount Fuji” and also because of the sinking of Tokyo.
But what are the Tectonic Plates? They are blocks of rock, some of them continental in size, that support the Earth’s surface. The archipelago of Japan is located between Eurasian, Philippine and Pacific plates.
Each plate results from “collages” of previous plates formed millions of years ago. Therefore its formation is full of faults. Basically, it is the movement of these faults that causes earthquakes. They can also cause landslides, tsunamis and even changes in the planet’s rotation.
Researching the history of Japan we observe the large number of earthquakes that have occurred in the country over hundreds of years. The intensity of a quake does not always mean fatalities.
The Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 with a magnitude of 7.9 claimed 142,800 victims. Of course, at that time there was not the technology to issue warnings that exists today, but even so we can see that when it comes to natural phenomena, the consequences are really unpredictable.
Check out the biggest earthquakes in Japan, remembering that the list mentions the magnitude, not the number of victims:
- KAMAKURA Earthquake – 1293
Deaths : 23.024 / magnitude 7,1
At around 6:00am on May 27th 1293 an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck the city of Kamakura. A tsunami also hit the region killing over 20,000 people.
- Mid NANKAIDO Earthquake 1498
Deaths : 31,000 / magnitude 8.6
An earthquake of magnitude 8.6 hit the southern coast of Honshu (near Shikoku) on September 20, 1498. It triggered a large tsunami that may have killed up to 31,000 people. In Japanese mythology, say to be the fault of a giant catfish that causes earthquakes (Namazu).
- Mid NANKAIDO Earthquake 1498
- Genroku Earthquake (1703)
Deaths: 2,300 ~ 100,000 / Magnitude: 8.2
The Genroku earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 occurred at 2:00 AM on December 31, 1703. Genroku refers to a period covering 1688 to 1704. The earthquake mainly hit Sagami Bay, about 40 kilometers from Tokyo and killed more than 2,300 people. The Genroku earthquake caused many fires and destruction in addition to a large tsunami with waves over 12 meters high. Because of this there are no exact estimates regarding the number of victims. Estimates from various sources range from 6,000 to 110,000 deaths in total.
- Hoei Earthquake (1707)
Deaths: 5,000 / Magnitude: 8.6
The Hoei earthquake occurred at 2:00 pm on October 28, 1707 and was considered the largest earthquake in Japan’s history in terms of magnitude until the 2011 earthquake. In addition to much damage and over 5,000 deaths, this earthquake also caused the last eruption of Mount Fuji 49 days later.
The tragedy led to 29,100,000 homes being destroyed and caused a major landslide in Ohya, Shizuoka Prefecture, affecting an area of 1.9 km2, with an estimated volume of 122 million m³.
- UNZEN Earthquake – 1792
Deaths : 15,448 / magnitude 6.4
In 1792, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake was triggered by the eruption of Mount Unzen in Nagasaki. The southern half of the mountain collapsed into the sea generating a huge tsunami that caused the death of 13,486 people. The path of the eruption is still visible today.
- Ansei-Nankai Earthquake (1854)
Deaths: 3,000 / Magnitude: 8.4
The Ansei-Nankai earthquake with a magnitude of 8.4 occurred at 16:00 on December 24, 1854. It caused the destruction of over 30,000 buildings and caused at least 3,000 deaths. This earthquake occurred one day after the Ansei-Tokai earthquake, which killed 2,000 people. The following year it would be the turn of the Ansei Edo earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.9, to claim more than 6,600 victims.
Ansei refers to the period from 1854 to 1860 and Nankai refers to a tectonic fault located in the south of Honshu Island. This earthquake caused fires that caused the total or partial destruction of more than 50,000 homes, as well as triggering a tsunami that swept away more than 15,000 homes.
- Meiji-Sanriku Earthquake (1896)
Deaths: 22,000 / Magnitude: 8.5
The Meiji-Sanriku Earthquake occurred at 19:32 on June 15, 1896. It was one of the most devastating earthquakes ever to occur in Japan, causing over 22,500,000 deaths. In addition to much destruction, the earthquake unleashed a massive tsunami that traveled across the Pacific Ocean and reached Hawaii and California.
After the earthquake the region still suffered 77 aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5.0. The tsunami had waves 38.5 meters high and destroyed about 9,000 houses. This earthquake has a lot of similarity to the 2011 earthquake in that besides the same locality, they had high destructive power.
- Great Kanto Earthquake (1923)
Deaths: 142,800 / Magnitude: 7.9
On September 1, 1923, at exactly 11:58, an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck the island of Honshu. It was a long earthquake that lasted between 4 and 10 minutes and devastated the city of Tokyo as well as causing widespread destruction throughout the Kanto region. The earthquake caused many fires, as it happened at a time when many people were cooking. As well as causing more than 142,000 deaths, more than 2 million people were left homeless. Because of this earthquake September 1st was designated as Bousai no Hi: Disaster Prevention Day.)
- Sanriku Earthquake (1933)
Deaths: 3,000 / Magnitude: 8.4
The Sanriku Earthquake with a magnitude of 8.4 occurred at 2:30 a.m. on March 2, 1933. The earthquake caused a tsunami and widespread damage in several towns on the coast of Sanriku, Tohoku region (same place where the Great earthquake and tsunami of 2011 happened).
This earthquake destroyed over 5,020 homes and caused over 3,060 deaths. One of the most damaged places was the small village of Taro, which lost 43% of its population and 98% of all buildings. Because of this, a large anti-tsunami wall 10 meters high and 2 km long was built on the coast of Taro, which earned the nickname “Great Wall”.
- Nankaido Earthquake (1946)
Deaths: 1,362 / Magnitude: 8.1
The Nankaido earthquake with magnitude 8.1 struck Nankaido at 4:19 a.m. on December 20, 1946. The earthquake was felt from north to south of Japan, affecting more than 100 million people. In addition to much destruction, the earthquake caused a tsunami with waves 7 meters high.
11 Aomori Earthquake (1968)
Deaths: 52 / Magnitude: 8.2
The Aomori earthquake with magnitude 8.2 occurred on May 16, 1968, hitting the east coast of Honshu near Misawa, followed by a large tsunami, more than 7 meters high, killing 52 people and leaving more than 500 injured.
12 . Kobe /Osaka /Kioto Earthquake – HANSHIN (1995)
Deaths: 6,400 / Magnitude: 7.3
On the morning of January 17, 1995, an earthquake of intensity 7.3 on the Richter scale struck Japan. The epicenter was near three cities – Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto. But the hardest hit was Kobe, a major economic center and the country’s 5th city with a population of one and a half million. In 20 seconds, houses and buildings, as well as roads and subway stations, were blown down. Water and gas pipes and the power grid were destroyed. The city was devastated.
The earthquake, at the time considered the worst in 50 years, left 6400 dead, 35 thousand injured and 300 thousand homeless. More than 20,000 Brazilians lived in the affected region; eight died in the tragedy.
The lack of water, electricity and telephone services, the fires and the fear of new quakes caused the population of Kobe to abandon the port city. The omission of the Japanese government and the delay in providing help to the victims of the tragedy were heavily criticized at the time. It was predicted by Jucelino Luz , where he sent letters to authorities and geological study centers .
13 . Earthquake in Ilhas Curilas (2006)
Deaths: 0 / Magnitude: 8,4
Although it was a strong tremor, with a magnitude of 8.4, the 2006 earthquake and tsunami that hit especially the Curil Islands, 1000 km north of Japan at 8:14 am on November 15, 2006, predicted by Jucelino Luz , in missives sent to authorities, did not cause any deaths. Even with 72 quakes in a row, the question of location certainly benefited these sparsely populated islands (20,000 inhabitants).
- Tohoku Earthquake (2011)
Deaths: 30,000 / Magnitude: 9.0
The Tohoku Earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 occurred at 14:57 on March 11, 2011, followed by a huge tsunami of more than 10 meters , which claimed about 30,000 victims, as well as causing much destruction and damaging the reactors of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. This earthquake is the largest ever recorded in Japan. Check below, a documentary about it: And it was predicted by Jucelino Luz – he sent letters with warnings to Japanese authorities.
Jucelino Luz reminds us that between 2021 and 2022 we will have another strong 9.0 earthquake in Japan, and it may happen in Kanto or in the Nankai channel region.
There was a typo in the letter – where it reads – ” November 28 of 2018 “, the correct is: November 28, 2028 (as we cannot change the content of the letter, as it was sent that way, the correction is registered here).
Finally, Jucelino Luz, loves Japan and its people, and wishes a lot of luck and happiness to everyone.
Professor Jucelino Luz, researcher, writer, environmentalist, and spiritual advisor