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How many earthquakes does Japan have every year?

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Approximately 1,500 earthquakes are recorded in Japan every year. The magnitude of each earthquake varies, and larger earthquakes between 4 and 7 on the Richter scale regularly occur. Records from the early 1990s indicate that there are 40 active volcanoes in Japan, which is 10 percent of the world total.

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As of 2014, the most recent major earthquake that occurred in Japan was on March 11, 2011, which registered as a 9.0 on the Richter scale. The earthquake occurred 371 kilometres off the shores of Tokyo and generated a tsunami which damaged the country's northeastern shores. Prior to this earthquake, the previous major earthquake to hit Japan occurred in 1923, which resulted in 130,000 fatalities.

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