Magnitude 7.9 (1980)

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Magnitude 7.9
The Japanese poster for Magnitude 7.9
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Earthquake Archipelago (1980)
Flagicon United States.png Deathquake (1982)
See alternate titles
Directed by Kenjiro Omori
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka,
Hideyuki Takai (associate)
Written by Kaneto Shindo
Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
Distributor TohoJP,
Running time 126 minutesJP
(2 hours, 6 minutes)
102 minutesUS
(1 hour, 42 minutes)
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Not even God can stop it (これだけは神ですら止められない)

— Tagline


— American VHS tagline

Magnitude 7.9 (地震列島,   Jishin Rettō, lit. Earthquake Archipelago) is a 1980 disaster film produced by Toho and distributed in the United States by Shochiku Films of America. The film was released to Japanese theaters on August 30, 1980 and to American theaters on February 5, 1982. It is a followup to a TV movie from the same year entitled Giant Tokyo Earthquake Magnitude 8.1, also produced by Toho.


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Main article: Magnitude 7.9/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Kenjiro Omori
  • Written by   Kaneto Shindo
  • Produced by   Hideyuki Takai
  • Executive Producing by   Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Music by   Toshiaki Tsushima
  • Theme Song "Amethyst Sunray" Performed by   Hatsumi Shibata
    • Lyrics by   Makoto Kitajo
    • Composed by   Masaaki Hirao
    • Arranged by   Tatsumi Yano
  • Cinematography by   Rokuro Nishigaki
  • Edited by   Nobuo Ogawa
  • Production Design by   Iwao Akune
  • Assistant Directing by   Masahiro Nara, Koji Hashimoto, Kensho Yamashita, Kunio Miyoshi
  • Special Effects by   Teruyoshi Nakano, Tadaaki Watanabe, Osamu Kume, Eiichi Asada, Yasuyuki Inoue


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Hiroshi Katsuno   as   Yoichi Kawazu, geophysicist
  • Toshiyuki Nagashima   as   Masayuki Hashizume, reporter
  • Kayo Matsuo   as   Yuko Kawazu, Yoichi's wife
  • Yumi Takigawa   as   Tomiko Ashida, earthquake research institute employee
  • Hideji Otaki   as   Professor Marumo
  • Shin Saburi   as   Prime Minister of Japan
  • Chiaki Matsubara   as   Kazue Umejima, camerawoman
  • Sachiko Murase   as   Fusae Kawazu, Yuko's mother
  • Tatsuo Matsumura   as   Kozo Ashida, Tomiko's father
  • Kei Sato   as   Chief Cabinet Secretary​
  • Yoshio Inaba   as   Director General of the National Land Agency​
  • Tsutomu Yamazaki   as   Director General of the Meteorological Agency
  • Eiji Okada   as   Professor Watanabe
  • Mizuho Suzuki   as   Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Norihei Miki   as   Kozo
  • Yusuke Takita   as   Middle-aged office worker
  • Daigo Kusano   as   Bearded man
  • Kiyoshi Yamamoto   as   Hayashi, earthquake section manager of the Meteorological Agency
  • Toshitaka Ito   as   Subway operator
  • Jiro Kusanagi   as   Observation director of the Meteorological Agency


Weapons, Vehicles, and Races


Main article: Magnitude 7.9/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • Earthquake Archipelago (地震列島,   Jishin Rettō, literal Japanese title)
  • Earthquake Archipelago: ーNot Even God Can Stop Itー (地震列島 ーこれだけは神ですら止められないー,   Jishin Rettō Koredake wa Kami de Sura Tomerarenai, early Japanese title)[1]
  • Deathquake (American title)
  • Earthquake 7.9 (American title)
  • Megaforce 7.9 (United Kingdom title)
  • 7.9 on the Richter Scale (7,9 по Скалата на Рихтер, Bulgarian title)
  • Cataclysm Strength 7.9 (Cataclysme Force 7.9, French title)
  • Earthquake - The Flaming Inferno of Tokyo (Erdbeben - Flammendes Inferno von Tokio, German video title)
  • Megaforce 7.9 - The Earth Quakes (Megaforce 7.9 - Die Erde Bebt, West German video title)
  • Earthquake in Tokyo (Földrengés Tokióban, Hungarian title)
  • Earthquake (Jordskjelvet, Norwegian title; Trzesienie Ziemi, Polish title)
  • Destruction at 15:30 (Unicenje ob 15:30, Slovenian title)
  • Cataclysm at 15:30 (Kataklizma u 15,30, Yugoslav title)

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - August 30, 1980
  • Spain - July 1, 1981
  • Denmark - January 29, 1982
  • United States - February 5, 1982
  • Hungary - July 15, 1982

Video releases

Mntex Entertainment VHS (1991)

  • Tapes: 1
  • Audio: English

Toho VHS (1994)

  • Tapes: 1
  • Audio: Japanese

Toho DVD (2003)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (4.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary with Hiroshi Katsuno and Kenji Konuta, 30 minute interview with Teruyoshi Nakano, theatrical and special announcement trailers
  • Notes: Re-released on February 7, 2014 in a limited edition and on August 19, 2015 as part of the Toho DVD Masterpiece Selection.



Japanese Magnitude 7.9
trailer and textless trailer
German Magnitude 7.9 trailer


This is a list of references for Magnitude 7.9. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books. p. 202. 28 September 2012. ISBN: 9784864910132.


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Astounding Beyond Belief

9 months ago
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The earthquake in the sequel is weaker? That's counterintuitive.


9 months ago
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Yeah I don't really know...
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