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Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Here is the Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

10.Assam, Tibet, 15 August 1950

(Magnitude: 8.6)

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • This terrible earthquake caused widespread damages to buildings and large landslides.
  • 780 people died in eastern Tibet.
  • Several villages and towns affected across Assam, China, Tibet and India.
  • The total casualties were estimated very high.
  • While the earthquake itself is known as the Assam Earthquake, it is believed the epicenter may have been in Tibet.

9.Sumatra, Indonesia, 28 March 2005

(Magnitude: 8.6)

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • This earthquake caused round about 1313 casualties with over 400 people injured by the tsunami as far away in Sri Lanka.
  • The epicenter was 205 kilometer away in north-west of Sibolga, Sumatra, at a depth of 30 kilometer.
  • This is the region in which three of the 15 biggest known earthquakes having happened here.

 

8.Rat Islands, Alaska, 02 April 1965

(Magnitude: 8.7)

 

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • The all worst damage is attributed to this earthquake, caused by a tsunami, reported to be about 10 meter high on Shemya Island.
  • The wave caused flooding in Amchitka Island, which resulted in $10,000 US dollars in property damage.
  • No life was lost in this earthquake.

 

7.Ecuador coast, 31 January 1906

(Magnitude: 8.8)

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • This earthquake generated a tsunami. Between 500 and 1,500 people died in Ecuador and Colombia.
  • The tsunami travelled to San Francisco, on the west coast of the US, and west to Hawaii and Japan.
  • The tsunami took round about 12 hours to cross the Pacific to Hilo, Hawaii.

 

6.Bio-Bio, Chile, 27 February 2010

(Magnitude: 8.8)

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • This earthquake and succeeding tsunami caused at least 521 casualties, with 56 people missing and 12,000 wounded.
  • Above 800,000 people displaced due to this earthquake.
  • Approximately 1.8 million people affected across Chile, where damage was estimated at $30 billion US dollars.
  • The epicenter was 335 kilometer away from south-west of Santiago, at a depth of 35 kilometer.
  • A minor tsunami travelled across the Pacific also caused damage to boats.

5.Kamchatka, Russia, 4 November 1952

(Magnitude: 9.0)

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • This earthquake produced a tsunami that caused extensive damage in the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Property damage was estimated at around $1,000,000 US dollars.
  • According to some reports waves were over 9 m high at Kaena Point Oahu.
  • A farmer on Oahu reported the loss of his six cows due to tsunami.
  • Fortunately no one lost his life in this disaster.

 

4.Sendai, Japan, 11 March 2011

(Magnitude: 9.0)

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • This powerful earthquake was occurred in 2011.
  • Due to the combined effect of this powerful earthquake, aftershocks and the tsunami almost 10,000 people lost their lives.
  • Adverse economic impacts were very huge.
  • Due to the shutdown of nuclear reactors Japan underwent energy crises.

 

3.Sumatra, Indonesia, 26 December 2004

(Magnitude: 9.1)

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • In the term of damage and loss of life, the scale of the disaster caused by the resulting Boxing Day Tsunami was massive.
  • In total, 227,900 people were dead or supposed dead.
  • Approximately 1.7 million displaced over 14 countries in South Asia and East Africa.
  • The epicenter was 250 km away in south-east of Band Aceh, Indonesia, at a depth of 30 km.
  • Many days later on 28 December, a mud volcano began erupting near Baratang, Andamar islands, which was thought to have been related with the earthquake.

 

2.Prince William Sound, Alaska, 28 March 1964

(Magnitude: 9.2)

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

  • As compare to the Chile’s earthquake, this earthquake was less damaging.
  • The resulting tsunami caused 128 causalities. Alaska had to bear the damage $311 million US dollars.
  • The earthquake was felt in many parts of Alaska, as well as some places in Canada.
  • The tsunami created by the earth quake caused damage as far away as Hawaii.
  • City of Anchorage severely damaged. Duration of the earthquake was up to three minutes.

 

1.Valdivia, Chile, 22 May 1960

(Magnitude: 9.5)

  • Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

    Top 10 Biggest Earthquakes in the World

    In This earthquake 1655 people lost their lives, million were displaced and 3000 were severely wounded.

  • Chile had to bear the damage of $550 US dollars while the tsunami that it generated caused deaths and damage as far away in Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines.
  • The ‘rupture zone’ of the earthquake was more than 1000 km long.
  • Two days after the initial earthquake, the nearby volcano Puyehue exploded, and sent ash and steam up to 6 km into the atmosphere over a period of several weeks.

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