Two earthquakes in southern Japan in two successive days have claimed the lives of 41 people while 11 remain missing. Yesterday, a powerful 7.8 magnitude quake in Ecuador killed 77 and injured 588 becoming the third consecutive powerful earthquake to shake the Ring of Fire in three consecutive days, signaling an active earthquake period in a region that suffers 90 percent of the world's quakes.
As nations rally their response teams to assist the two effected countries, international prayers and thoughts are pouring in for the victims and families from Japan to Ecuador.
The trio of earthquakes first struck around Minamiaso, in southern Japan on Thursday and Friday with quakes measuring 6.5 and 7.0 magnitudes and around Pedernales, Ecuador, with a 7.8 quake yesterday. All three quakes occurred along the Ring of Fire or "circum-Pacific belt" which covers 25,000 miles of fiery volcanoes and earthquake zones in the Pacific Ocean basin from New Zealand through Polynesia and Japan to Alaska and down the west coasts of the Americas.