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Threat of an earthquake right under the capital in Japan

Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)
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Abstract

Tokyo, Japan's capital, has been enjoying a seismically quiet period following the 1923 Kanto earthquake of magnitude 7.9 that killed more than 140,000 people. Such a quiet period seems likely to be a repetition of the 80-year quiescence after the great 1703 Genroku earthquake of magntidue 8.2 that occurred in an epicentral area adjacent to that of the 1923 Kanto earthquake. In 1784, seismic activity immediately under the capital area revived with occasional occurrence of magnitude 6 to 7 shocks. Earthquakes of this class tended to occur more frequently as time went on and they eventually culminated in the 1923 Kanto earthquake. As more than 60 years have passed since the Kanto earthquake, we may well expect another revival of activity immediately under the capital area. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Threat of an earthquake right under the capital in Japan
Series title Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)
Volume 22
Issue 5
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 2 p.
First page 209
Last page 210
Country Japan
Other Geospatial Tokyo area
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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