Third Major Quake in a Week Strikes Japan’s Coast

A 5.8 magnitude quake occurred 60 miles southeast of Japan's Honshu Island this morning. Image-USGS

A 5.8 magnitude quake occurred 60 miles southeast of Japan’s Honshu Island this morning. Image-USGS

For the third time in a week, Japan has been struck by a major earthquake. On Wednesday, Japan was subjected to another quake, this one struck near the northern island of Honshu.

This latest quake struck near where the March 2011 quake struck, killing 15,000 people and heavily damaging the Fukushima nuclear facility.

Japan suffers frequent major quakes because of it close proximity to the North American Plate, Pacific Plate, and the Philippine Sea Plate. Today’s quake is very close to the area where those three plates converge. It occurred sixty miles southeast of the island.

This newest shaker occurred as Japan is still reeling from the quakes and continuing aftershocks on its southern coast where as many as 48 people perished, and around 100,000 people have been displaced.

No Tsunami was generated in this latest event.