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Fifth Largest Earthquake Ever

Updated on August 4, 2017

Mind-Boggling Earthquake

...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.


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      Woman Of Courage 6 years ago

      Yes it is sad. I was sharing with my husband the exact same thing. What a total shock to these people. It has brought tears to my eyes. Just last year, there was a major earthquake in Chile. The bible is being fulfilled of what is happening in this world today. The earthquakes are increasing with frequency and so many other things.

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      CARIBQUEEN 6 years ago

      Woman of Courage: the various footage of the entire disaster has the whole world in awe. It is amazing to think that one minute you and your country are O.K and then another it is just chaos and utter disaster. All our hearts go out to these people especially when we try to imagine that it could have been us. We could never really imagine what is happening to them right now - I think that they are actually preparing for another nuclear blast. IT IS SO SAD!!

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      Woman Of Courage 6 years ago

      Hi Caribqueen, This is quite devastating. My husband and I have been watching the updates. Now they are expecting 1,800 people to be dead and have not covered all over yet. I can only imagine the horror of what the surviviors and children are facing. My family will assist in sending funds to help them.