Chile Earthquake (2010)

Japan earthquake becomes fifth-strongest since 1900

When the earth shook off the coast of Japan on Friday, the magnitude 8.9 quake became the fifth strongest since 1900.

According to records kept by the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Information Center, the largest quake remains the one in Chile in 1960 that measured 9.5. That was followed by the 1964 quake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, at 9.2; the 2004 quake off of Sumatra, at 9.1; and the 1952 quake in Kamchatka, a peninsula in eastern Russia near the Bering Sea, at 9.0.

Photos: Scenes from the earthquake

Friday’s quake is followed by the 2010 quake...