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.

去年の冬に日本で起こった地震について少し調べることにしました。今まで内陸で発生した地震の観測史上の中で濃尾地震が最大です。地震の震源地が岐阜県の根尾谷という小さい村で発生しました。発生したのは1891年10月28日の6時38分50秒でした。

2番目の写真で活断層が見えます。6メトル動いただそうです。

現在、根尾谷ではM8カフェもあるし、活断層のとなりにある観光客向けの写真台もありあす。そして、素敵なお寺と東海地方でかなり有名な桜の木もあります。

根尾谷-4

根尾谷-1

根尾谷-1-3

根尾谷-1-2

根尾谷-7

根尾谷-2-2

根尾谷-6

根尾谷-5

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