March 3, 1933 was the day of the Showa Sanriku Earthquake


89 years ago, on March 3, 1993, at around 2:30 a.m., a major earthquake and tsunami hit the Sanriku coast of Iwate Prefecture.

March 3 is the Doll Festival in Japan. It is also known as Ear Day or Rabbit Day, but 89 years ago on March 3, an event occurred in Japan that should never be forgotten.

March 3 is the date when the “Showa Sanriku Earthquake” occurred.

Eighty-nine years ago, at around 2:30 a.m. on March 3, 1933, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale and a maximum intensity of 5 occurred 200 km off the east coast of Kamaishi Town (now Kamaishi City), Iwate Prefecture. Several tsunamis are said to have rushed in several times over the hours following the quake. The number of dead or missing was 3,064. The earthquake caused extensive damage along the Sanriku coast.

On June 15, 1896, 37 years before the Showa Sanriku Earthquake, the magnitude 8.2 Meiji Sanriku Earthquake occurred. The epicenter was almost the same location as the Showa Sanriku Earthquake, and a tsunami hit the Sanriku coast at that time as well.

You never know when and where a tsunami will strike. Keep in mind the damage caused by past tsunamis, and take actions to protect yourself from them.

The following article features major tsunami warnings, tsunami warnings, and tsunami advisories.


Reference:Japan Meteorological Agency Home Page(