Largest earthquakes in the last century

Largest earthquakes in the last century

Largest earthquakes in the last century

The fear of a large earthquake is deep rooted in our being with strong reason. The earthquakes are very dangerous causing the death to hundreds of thousands of people and affecting other millions through our recorded history.

To understand better how dangerous these natural phenomenon are let’s take a look at the largest earthquakes recorded in the last century and the casualties and damages produced by them.

1. May 22nd, 1960, Valdivia, Chile, 9.5 magnitude – more than 1,600 casualties, affected another $2 million people and produced a lot of damages. This is the largest earthquake in history. It was followed by a tsunami that swept the oceans killing people on the shorelines.

2. March 28th, 1964, Prince William Sound, Alaska, 9.2 on Richter scale – 120 victims and serious damages that reached up to $300 millions.

3. December 26th, 2004, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, magnitude 9.1 Richter scale – killed more than 157,000 people and affected more than $1 million. The earthquake was followed by a huge tsunami. This was the deadliest earthquake in the human history.

4. November 5th, 1952, Kamchatka, Russia, 9.0 on Richter scale – there are no killings recorded but the damages reached more than $1 million.

5. January 31st, 1906, Ecuador (near the coast), 8.8 estimated magnitude – more than 1,000 people killed.

6. February 4th, 1965, Rat Islands, Alaska, 8.7 magnitude – unknown casualties, small damages.

7. March 28th, 2005, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 8.7 on Richter scale – killed more than 1,200 people.

8. August 15th, 1950, Assam, Tibet, 8.6 magnitude on Richter scale – killed about 800 people and caused damages of more than $30 million but also affected the wildlife in the area.

9. March 9th, 1957, Andreanof Islands Alaska, 8.6 magnitude – there were no victims recorded.

10. September 12th, 2007, South Sumatra, Indonesia, magnitude 8.5 on the Richter scale – killed more than 20 people and injured about 200.

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