Japan Earthquake: 1891 Mino-Owari Earthquake

Early last year I decided to do a little research and find out more about earthquakes in Japan. I was quite surprised to discover that the strongest inland earthquake ever recorded in Japan was little more than an hours drive from my home. The 1891 Mino-Owari Earthquake (also known as the Great Nōbi Earthquake 濃尾地震) struck central Japan early in the morning of October 28th, 1891.

The second photo below shows the fault line and how much the earth moved. It moved at least 3 metres from what I could see but official records put the estimate at around 6 metres.

Nowadays the tiny village at the epicentre hosts a small coffee shop called M8, a deserted photo stand where tourists can get a snapshot of themselves next to the fault line, as well as one of the most famous cherry blossom trees in central Japan.

You can read more by following this Wikipedia link.












Based in Japan since 2001 I spend free days adventuring into the mountainous regions of central Honshu and occasionally Hokkaido. In 2021, I plan to slow down and talk to more people. Feel free to email me.

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