Japan Earthquake: Top 5 Devastating Disasters Over The Years

By Amir Khan on December 7, 2012 10:27 AM EST

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Japan Earthquake: Top 5 Devastating Disasters Over The Years

An earthquake measuring magnitude 7.3 hit the coast of Japan Thursday night, close to the devastated area where the March 2011 earthquake hit near Fukushima, Japan. Though a tsunami warning was issued and evacuations ordered, the area was spared any damage.

The Japanese earthquake, which struck at 7:20 p.m. local time, caused a 1 meter tsunami wave to hit the Miyagi Prefecture, according to BBC News.

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As the magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Japan, causing buildings throughout the area to rattle, a broadcast news anchor told viewers ""Remember last year's quake and tsunami. Call on your neighbors and flee to higher ground now!"

Thankfully, there was no damage reported and no loss of life. However, in the past 700 years, Japan hasn't been so lucky. Japan's earthquakes have been historically bad, with some of the worst earthquakes in the world coming in the region.

Japan experiences hundreds of earthquakes yearly, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The island is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of the Pacific Ocean where colliding tectonic plates cause 90 percent of the world's earthquakes.

Here's a look at some of the worst earthquakes in Japan's history.

 

 

 

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