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The world’s strongest earthquakes since 1900

 
 

earthquake1430018816A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, the worst quake in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years.

The world`s strongest earthquakes since 1900

• Jan. 31, 1906 – A magnitude—8.8 quake off the coast of Ecuador generates a tsunami that kills at least 500 people.

• Nov. 11, 1922 – A magnitude-8.5 quake along the Chile—Argentina border triggers a tsunami that causes damage along Chile’s coast.

• Feb. 3, 1923 – A magnitude-8.5 quake in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East triggers a tsunami.

• Feb.1 , 1938 – A magnitude-8.5 quake in Banda Sea, Indonesia, generates a small tsunami.

• Aug. 15, 1950 – A magnitude-8.6 earthquake in Tibet kills at least 780 people.

• Nov. 4, 1952 – A magnitude-9.0 quake in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East causes damage but no reported deaths despite setting off 9.1-meter (30-foot) waves in Hawaii.

• March 9, 1957 – A magnitude-8.6 quake strikes the Andreanof Islands in Alaska triggers a 16-meter (52-foot) -high tsunami.

• May 22, 1960 – A magnitude-9.5 earthquake in southern Chile and ensuing tsunami kill at least 1,716 people.

• Oct. 13, 1963 – A magnitude-8.5 quake in the Kuril Islands triggers a tsunami.

• March 28, 1964 – A magnitude-9.2 quake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, kills 131 people, including 128 from a tsunami.

• Feb. 4, 1965 – A magnitude-8.7 quake strikes Alaska’s Rat Islands, causing an 11-meter (35—foot) -high tsunami.

• Dec. 26, 2004 – A magnitude-9.1 quake in Indonesia triggers an Indian Ocean tsunami, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

• March 28, 2005 – A magnitude-8.6 quake in northern Sumatra in Indonesia kills about 1,300 people.

• Sept. 12, 2007 – A magnitude-8.5 quake near Sumatra in Indonesia kills at least 25 people.

• Feb. 27, 2010 – A magnitude-8.8 quake shakes Chile, generating a tsunami and killing 524 people.

• March 11, 2011 – A magnitude-9.0 quake off the northeast coast of Japan triggers a tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.

• April 11, 2012 – A magnitude-8.6 quake off the west coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia triggers tsunami warnings in more than two dozen nations.

Source: U.S. Geological Survey

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