First earthquake of intensity 7 ever recorded
Areas where intensity 7 was recorded

A big shake hit Kobe-Hanshin and Awaji Areas with the population of more than 3,500,000.

The Meteorological Agency announced that it was intensity 6, which was the maximum of seismometer's capacity at the time, but later revised it to intensity 7 for the certain parts of six wards of Kobe (from Suma to Higashinada), Ashiya, Nishinomiya, Takarazuka and northern Awaji Island after a subsequent field survey.