Saturday, October 08, 2005

Major Earthquakes Over the Past 80 Years

Quake Kills More Than 18,000 in South Asia

• Oct. 7, 2005: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, magnitude 7.6; more than 18,000 killed.

• Dec. 26, 2004: Indian Ocean, magnitude 9; more than 174,000 people killed, another 106,000 missing.

• Dec. 26, 2003: Southeastern Iran, Bam, magnitude 6.5; more than 26,000 killed.

• May 21, 2003: Northern Algeria, magnitude 6.8; nearly 2,300 killed.

• March 25, 2002: Northern Afghanistan, magnitude 5.8; up to 1,000 killed.

• Jan. 26, 2001: India, magnitude 7.9; at least 2,500 killed. Estimates put death toll as high as 13,000.

• Sept. 21, 1999: Taiwan, magnitude 7.6; 2,400 killed.

• Aug. 17, 1999: Western Turkey, magnitude 7.4; 17,000 killed.

• Jan. 25, 1999: Western Colombia, magnitude 6; 1,171 killed.

• May 30, 1998: Northern Afghanistan and Tajikistan, magnitude 6.9; as many as 5,000 killed.

• Jan. 17, 1995: Kobe, Japan, magnitude 7.2; more than 6,000 killed.

• Sept. 30, 1993: Latur, India, magnitude 6.0; as many as 10,000 killed.

• June 21, 1990: Northwest Iran, magnitude 7.3-7.7; 50,000 killed.

• Dec. 7, 1988: Northwest Armenia, magnitude 6.9; 25,000 killed.

• Sept. 19, 1985: Central Mexico, magnitude 8.1; more than 9,500 killed.

• Sept. 16, 1978: Northeast Iran, magnitude 7.7; 25,000 killed.

• July 28, 1976: Tangshan, China; magnitude 7.8-8.2; 240,000 killed.

• Feb. 4, 1976: Guatemala, magnitude 7.5; 22,778 killed.

• Feb. 29, 1960: Southwest Atlantic coast in Morocco; magnitude 5.7; some 12,000 killed, town of Agadir destroyed.

• Dec. 26, 1939: Erzincan province, Turkey, magnitude 7.9; 33,000 killed.

• Jan. 24, 1939: Chillan, Chile, magnitude 8.3; 28,000 killed.

• May 31, 1935: Quetta, India, magnitude 7.5; 50,000 killed.

• Sept. 1, 1923: Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan, magnitude 8.3; at least 140,000 killed.

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