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Matsushiro earthquake swarm

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Epicenters distribution(August 1965 ~ May 1967)
Epicenters distribution
(August 1965 ~ May 1967)

The Matsushiro earthquake swarm (Japanese: 松代群発地震[1]) was an earthquake swarm that occurred near Matsushiro, a suburb of Nagano, to the northwest of Tokyo in 1965. The event is one of the best ever documented earthquake swarms.


The Matsushiro swarm lasted from 1965 to 1967 and generated about 1 million earthquakes.[2] The total sum of energy from all the tremors was approximately equivalent to an M6.4 earthquake.[3][4] This swarm had the peculiarity to be sited just under a seismological observatory installed in 1947 in a decommissioned military tunnel. It began in August 1965 with three earthquakes too weak to be felt, but three months later, a hundred earthquakes could be felt daily. On 17 April 1966, the observatory recorded 6,780 earthquakes, with 585 of them having a magnitude large enough to be felt, which meant that one earthquake could be felt every 2 minutes 30 seconds the average.[5] The phenomenon was clearly identified as linked to a magma uplift, perhaps initiated by the 1964 Niigata earthquake which happened one year before.[6]


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  2. ^ "松代群発地震(1965年8月3日) | 災害カレンダー". Yahoo!天気・災害 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  3. ^ "松代群発地震_松代地震観測所". Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  4. ^ 国立天文台 『理科年表 令和3年』 丸善 P.801 ISBN 978-4-621-30560-7
  5. ^ "Matsushiro earthquake swarm". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  6. ^ Mogi, Kiyoo (1989). "The mechanics of the occurrence of the Matsushiro earthquake swarm in central Japan and its relation to the 1964 Niigata earthquake". Tectonophysics. 159 (1–2): 109–119. doi:10.1016/0040-1951(89)90173-X.

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