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Seismic Japan: The Long History and Continuing Legacy of the Ansei Edo Earthquake

Gregory Smits


What are we to make of contemporary newspapers in Japan speculating about the possible connection between aquatic creatures and earthquakes? Why, between 1977 and 1993, did Japan's government spend taxpayer money to observe catfish in aquariums as part of its mandate to fund earthquake prediction research? These actions are direct legacies of the 1855 Ansei Edo earthquake, one of the major natural disasters of the period. This book examines this earthquake in a broad historical context. The Ansei Edo earthquake shook the shogun's capital during a year of special religious significance and at a ... More

Keywords: natural disasters, Ansei Edo earthquake, catfish, earthquake prediction, bakufu, Amaterasu, Kashima, earthquakes, Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838171
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Smits, author
Pennsylvania State University