MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan Friday causing a tsunami that swept debris miles inland and sparked fires in at least 80 locations.
Dozens of countries, including the U.S., are under a tsunami warning.
WCCO’s Dave Lee Interviews Seismologist Justin Revenaugh
University of Minnesota Professor and Seismologist Justin Revenaugh said earthquakes in Japan are extremely common, but ones that exceed magnitude 8 are not.
“It takes an earthquake, a big shallow earthquake. The ones that can give you a Tsunami warning that cover an entire ocean basin are really only once a decade type events,” explained Revenaugh.