This photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) move cases of sports drinks and water Monday, March 14, 2011 in preparation to support disaster relief efforts. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting disaster relief operations in the coastal waters off northern Japan. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, MC2 Melissa Russell)
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Geological Survey has upgraded the magnitude of Friday's deadly earthquake in Japan to 9.0
The move Monday comes after Japan's Meteorological Agency did the same. It's not unusual for scientists to tweak the magnitude of a giant quake after some number-crunching.
U.S. government scientists originally put the Japan quake at 8.9. The change to 9.0 means that the quake was about 1.5 times stronger than initially thought.
The Japan quake is now the fourth largest in the world since 1900 behind the 2004 magnitude-9.1 Sumatra quake.