|Hokkaido, Japan - March 4, 1952|
The magnitude 8.1 Mw earthquake and tsunami on March 4, 1952 off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, did major damage in Japan. 815 homes were completely destroyed, 1,324 were partially destroyed, 6,395 were slightly damaged, 14 were burned, 91 were washed away, 328 homes and 1,621 non-residential buildings were flooded. Many ships were destroyed, and roads and railway lines were damaged. Twenty-eight people died, 5 people were missing and 287 people were injured in Japan. The tsunami was observed on tide gauges in Hawaii, the west coast of the United States, Alaska, Peru, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. NOAA image. View larger map.
|Honshu, Japan - December 20, 1946|
A catastrophic magnitude 8.1 Mw earthquake on December 20, 1946 on the south coast of Honshu, Japan was felt almost everywhere in the central and western parts of the country. The number of homes destroyed directly by the earthquake was 2,598; 1,443 people died. In addition, 1,451 homes were washed away by the ensuing tsunami waves. The tsunami was observed on tide gauges in California, Hawaii and Peru. (Reference #414) NOAA image. View larger map.