Recent Earthquakes in Japan

(about 7 years ago)

Since Japan has been experiencing increased earthquake activity since the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, I put together the chart below for each daily earthquake (blue dots) and the weekly average (red line) based on data from the JMA. The chart shows daily earthquakes registering at 1.0 or higher on the moment magnitude scale.

Recent quakes

Weekly average is the total magnitude for the week, with the date plotted as the midpoint. I simply add all the seismic moments (M_0 in the formula below) for the week, divide by 7 and convert that to MMS. The scale is logarithmic, such that one quake registering a 9.0 releases 1000 times as much energy one measuring 7.0 does, which likewise releases 1000 times as much energy as one registering 5.0 does. It's not a perfect measure, but it does provide some perspective on directionality.

M_w = 2 / 3 * log(M_0) - 10.7

Unfortunately, the chart I made is missing data for early April, but it's otherwise pretty complete.

You can download the spreadsheet here.

Sources (in Japanese)