Three earthquakes of significant intensity struck Monday in various parts of Asia. While it is not unknown for quakes to occur in clusters, especially along a single fault line, these quakes are spread across a wide geologic area. While all took place in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” they were triggered in widely separated geologic zones.
The first struck at 09:24:31 Greenwich Mean Time near the coast of Honshu, Japan. This quake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale.
The second hit Halamahera, Indonesia at 19:23:28 GMT, and was measured at 7.0 on the Richter scale.
The third struck Mindanao in the Philippines at 23:13:29 GMT, and was measured at 6.8 on the Richter scale.