An earthquake of 9.0 magnitude on the Richter scale for a duration of 6 minutes hit the Japanese coast on March 11, 2011 at 14:46 local time. There are about 108 active volcanoes in Japan according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Mount Fuji is one of the active volcanoes located on Honshu, about 100 kilometres to the southwest of Tokyo. The death toll from the temblor was estimated to have exceeded 140,000.

Japan experiences an average of 10 volcanoes per year. The most powerful ever recorded, the quake hit Chile's coast in May, lasting about 10 minutes.

More than half of the brick buildings and one-tenth of the reinforced concrete structures in the region collapsed. The Japanese "shindo" scale for measuring earthquakes is more commonly used in Japan than the Richter scale to describe earthquakes. The volcano is located in the northwestern Kyushu Island, Japan and is also sitting near the big city named Shimabara. In fact, Japan is known as the country of notorious earthquakes and volcanic activities.

The active volcanoes have been divided according to the region they are found in. More than 5,000 aftershocks hit Japan in the year after the earthquake, the largest a magnitude 7.9. Known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, the earthquake and particularly the ensuing tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people and caused a nuclear accident at a power plant in Fukushima Prefecture. Mount Fuji. In November, 1989, scientists observed the first volcanic earthquakes and found the first eruption on February 12, 1990. Share on …

The 1960 Valdivia earthquake or Great Chilean Earthquake of Sunday, 22 May 1960 is to date the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Earth’s history, rating 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. Japan's 8.9-magnitude quake is one of the strongest in history.

Fri 11 Mar 2011 10.45 EST. Volcanoes in Japan 1. This makes Japan home to more than 108 active volcanoes. The Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960 – Like the one that hit Asia in 2004, this 9.5-rated quake resulted in a massive tsunami reaching up to as high as 10.7 meters. Paul Fairclough.

It was the latest and the most powerful earthquake that ever hit Japan. Unzen Volcano is one of the most famous active volcanoes in Japan. Tokyo-Yokohama earthquake of 1923, also called Great Kanto earthquake, earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 that struck the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area near noon on September 1, 1923. List of Active Volcanoes in Japan. This is a list of earthquakes in Japan with either a magnitude greater than or equal to 7.0 or which caused significant damage or casualties. Earthquake measurement. Japan is known for the notorious earthquakes and volcanic activities. About 250 miles (400 km) of Japan's northern Honshu coastline dropped by 2 … Japan has been struck by magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquakes a staggering 46 times since the pagoda at the Horyu-Ji Temple was built in 607AD. Here is a list of top 5 most famous volcanoes in Japan. The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, the magnitude-9 disaster off the north-east coast in March 2011, shifted the earth’s axis by … First published on Fri 11 Mar 2011.