What happened in Japan 22 hours ago and has continued with major aftershocks is not in an isolated area.
It's on the Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped, 25,000-mile-long ring, that almost encircles the Pacific Ocean from South America through the U.S. West Coast around the Aleutian Islands into the Far East to the Far South Pacific.
Why is it such a popular earthquake zone? The theory is that plates of the earth's surface are not all one, but are like pieces of a puzzle sliding on top of and above and below other plates eventually creating an earthquake. It happens all the time, just not this big.
Remember Christchurch, New Zealand, three weeks ago? The Japan quake was 8,000 times as strong.
In fact, 90 percent of the world's quakes are in this zone as are 75 percent of the volcanoes. A relatively mild 5.1 quake in 1980 triggered the Mount Saint Helen's eruption in Washington.
A similar sized quake Tuesday along the Pacific Coast in southern Oregon near Bandon caused little if any damage.
Firefighters are battling a house fire in Kewaunee County.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.