More Earthquakes to Come in Japan

The huge 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan was actually an aftershock—and is likely to be followed by more large aftershocks in the coming weeks.

Nature reports that the huge 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan at 2.46 p.m. on Friday (local time) will be followed by "a number of major aftershocks in the next weeks"—and, surprisingly, that the March 11 quake was itself an aftershock of a 7.2 quake that also took place below the Pacific sea floor near the northern Miyagi Prefecture on March 9.

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