New System of Earthquake Observations in Japan


OWING to the invention of new seismographs by the members of the Seismological Society of Japan, there has been of late a complete change in the system of earthquake observations in this country. The Meteorological Bureau now employs the horizontal pendulum and vertical-motion seismographs of Profs. J. Mime and T. Gray, and of Prof. J. A. Ewing for systematic observation, while the Imperial University of Tokio publishes from time to time detailed accounts of particular and more interesting shocks by the use of similar instruments. The e seismographs register on a revolving glass plate or drum automatically started by the earthquake motion, components of horizontal and vertical motions of the earth on a magnified scale, thus producing continuous diagrams, and indicating successive displacement of the ground in conjunction with the time.

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SEKIYA, S. New System of Earthquake Observations in Japan. Nature 33, 603–604 (1886).

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