JAPAN Scene of the recent earthquake in Japan-sinking of The Diana print 1856
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JAPAN: Scene of the recent earthquake in Japan-sinking of The Diana, print, 1856

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CAPTION BELOW PICTURE: 'Scene of the recent earthquake in Japan - sinking of "The Diana"'

The Ansei Great Earthquakes (Ansei no Dai Jishin) were a series of three major earthquakes that struck Japan during the Ansei era (1854-1860).
The Ansei Tkai Quake (Ansei Tkai Jishin) was an 8.4 magnitude earthquake which struck on December 23, 1854. The epicenter ranged from Suruga Bay to the deep ocean, and struck primarily in the Tkai region, but destroyed houses as far away as in Edo. The accompanying tsunami caused damage along the entire coast from the Bs Peninsula in modern-day Chiba prefecture to Tosa province (modern-day Kchi prefecture).
The Ansei Nankai Quake (Ansei Nankai Jishin) was an 8.4 magnitude earthquake which struck on December 24, 1854. Over 10,000 people from the Tkai region down to Kyushu were killed.
The Ansei Edo Quake (Ansei Edo Jishin) was a 6.9 magnitude earthquake which struck Edo (modern-day Tokyo) on November 11, 1855. One hundred and twenty earthquakes and tremors in total were felt in Edo in 1854-55. The great earthquake struck after 10 o'clock in the evening; roughly 30 aftershocks continued until dawn. The epicenter was near the mouth of the Arakawa River. Records from the time indicate 6,641 deaths inside the city, and 2,759 injuries; much of the city was destroyed by fire, leading many people to stay in rural inns. Aftershocks continued for twenty days. This quake was a particularly destructive deep thrust quake caused by a giant slab of rock stuck between the Philippine Plate and Pacific Plates.
The Sumida River (Sumida-gawa) is a river which flows through Tokyo, Japan. It branches from the Arakawa River at Iwabuchi and flows into Tokyo Bay. Its tributaries include the Kanda and Shakujii rivers.
What is now known as the "Sumida River" was previously the path of the Arakawa, however towards the end of the Meiji era work was carried out to divert the main flow of the Arakawa to prevent flooding.
The 1858 Hietsu earthquake (Hietsu jishin) took place on April 9, 1858 (according to the old Japanese calendar, Ansei 5-2-26). It occurred on the Atotsugawa Fault, which connects Mount Tate in Toyama Prefecture and the Am Pass in Gifu Prefecture on the island of Honsh in Japan. Its name includes one kanji from Hida and one from Etch, the names of the provinces that were in use at the time. The earthquake is estimated to have killed 200300 people. It also caused the Mount Tonbi Landslide and blocked the upper reaches of the Jganji River.
The 1894 Meiji Tokyo earthquake (Meiji-Tokyo jishin) was an earthquake which occurred in Tokyo, Japan at 1404 PM on June 20, 1894. It affected downtown Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa prefecture, especially the cities of Kawasaki and Yokohama. The Meiji Tokyo earthquake had its epicenter in Tokyo Bay, with a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter Scale. The depth of the 1894 earthquake has not been determined, but it is thought to have occurred within the subducting Pacific Plate under the Kant region. The death toll was 31 killed and 157 injured.
The Mino-Owari Earthquake (Mino Owari Jishin?) was a large earthquake that struck the former provinces of Mino and Owari in the Nbi Plain area during the Meiji period in Japan. It is also referred to as the Nbi Earthquake (Nbi Jishin) or the Great Nbi Earthquake (Nbi Daijishin).

(Source Wikipedia)

Notes on the historical context / background to the print can be viewed at: Japanese 19c Earthquakes

DATE PRINTED: 1856    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 15.0 x 23.0cm, 5.75 x 9 inches (Medium)

TYPE: Antique wood engraved print

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: Tight top margin; Spot in margin; The image shown may have been scanned from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale: The print you will receive is in Good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition compared to that shown in the image. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. This print has been scanned in black and white, however any foxing or spotting highlighted in this statement may appear brown on the actual print. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side of the picture. In some cases this may be visible on the picture itself (please check the scan prior to your purchase) or around the margin of the picture.


PROVENANCE: Illustrated London News

JAPAN: Scene of the recent earthquake in Japan-sinking of The Diana, print, 1856
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