No link between major earthquakes that struck Japan and Ecuador

April 18, 2016

Japan and Ecuador have both been devastated by powerful earthquakes in recent days, but there is no evidence of a link between these events on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean. At least 42 people are now confirmed dead in south-west Japan, after the area was rocked by a magnitude 6.2 quake on Thursday night and a magnitude 7.0 quake in the early hours of Saturday morning. Thirty-two hours later, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the north-west coast of Ecuador at 7 pm local time on Saturday, killing at least 272 people. Although it is tempting to draw a connection, Phil Cummins of the Australian National University in Canberra says the timing of events is coincidental. “It’s difficult to see any relation because Japan and Ecuador are very distant from each other, and even though these earthquakes have done a lot of damage, they weren’t actually that big on the grand scheme of things. “Things happen at random – you can get clusters of earthquakes that might appear connected but actually they aren’t.” More at https://www.newscientist.com/article/2084581-no-link-between-major-earth...

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