LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say the massive earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan ranks as the fifth largest jolt in the world since 1900.
The magnitude-8.9 “megathrust” quake is similar to what happened during the 2004 Sumatra quake and the one last year in Chile. In all these cases, one tectonic plate is shoved beneath another.READ MORE: Sigma Nu Fraternity At USC Suspends Member At Center Of Sexual Assault Allegations
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More than 80 aftershocks greater than magnitude-5 have been felt since the Japanese quake — a number that scientists say is normal for a quake this size.
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said a friend who was in Tokyo for a tsunami planning meeting noted the shaking after the initial shock lasted for about five minutes.Scherzer Scratched As Starter For NLCS Game 6
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