Fifth Largest Earthquake Ever
...well since 1900 really. The massive earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan on Friday 11th March, 2011 ranks as the 5th largest in the world since 1900 according to scientists. It has been reported that the magnitude-8.9 quake is similar to what happened during the 2004 Sumatra quake (9.1) which also caused a tsunami. The largest earthquake was in Chile in 1960 (9.5). Haiti had quite a devastating quake on 12th January, 2010 (7.0) and is still trying desperately to recover from the disaster.
Scientists said that the earthquake erupted six miles below the ocean and 80 miles off Japan's eastern coast. It caused a 186-mile rupture in the sea floor. The rupture triggered deadly tsunami waves that washed away homes and boats along coastal Japan.
Japan is at particular risk for earthquakes and tremors as it sits in the "Ring of Fire" which is an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching around the Pacific where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur.
U.S. President, Barack Obama quoted quite aptly, "When you see what's happening in Japan, you are reminded that for all our differences in culture or language or religion, that ultimately humanity is one".
The inhabitants of Japan need our prayers and goodwill at this time in their hours of need.