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    What is the difference between happen and strike?

    An enormous earthquake struck Japan about two years ago.
    An enormous earthquake happened in Japan about two years ago.

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    Re: What is the difference between happen and strike?

    An enormous earthquake struck Japan about two years ago.
    An enormous earthquake happened in Japan about two years ago.


    "happened": this merely tells us that the earthquake occurred.
    "struck": this emphasizes the violence and suddenness of the occurrence, like a punch or kick.

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    Re: What is the difference between happen and strike?

    The earthquake was not felt in every part of Japan (I don't think) so I would say that "happened" is fine if you just want to say what country it happened in. With "struck" I would be more inclined to specify the actual area which experienced the effects of the earthquake.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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