Here's five facts. The map and text below show the following details : a) the observed Seismic Intensity (1 and above) and its location and region, b) the date and time of the earthquake, and c) its epicenter and magnitude. Japan is particularly susceptible to earthquakes because it is located within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where many of the world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Well, since 'hazards of any kind' can happen just about everywhere, you run real low on places left to live. Why Japan is prone to earthquakes. It's a string of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean, and the region is prone to earthquakes. In fact, most earthquakes strike within the ring. While Japan is no stranger to earthquakes, the 7.0-magnitude temblor is one of the largest ever recorded in this part of southern Japan, Caruso told Live Science. The Pacific Ring of Fire is aptly named.

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