Major earthquakes of the world

Updated on Mar 14, 2003 11:49 AM IST

There have many very major earthquakes that have caused immense degree of devastation, often devastating a region waste for decades if not centuries.

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Major earthquakes of the world:

   



There have many very major earthquakes that have caused immense degree of devastation, often devastating a region waste for decades if not centuries.



Jan. 23, 1556 - Shansi, China  830,000 n.a.


July 27, 1976 - Tangshan China  255,0001 8.0


Aug. 9, 1138 - Aleppo, Syria 230,000 n.a.


May 22, 1927 - near Xining, China  200,000 8.3


Dec. 22, 8562 - Damghan, Iran 200,000 n.a.


Dec. 16, 1920 - Gansu, China 200,000 8.6


March 23, 8932 - Ardabil, Iran 150,000 n.a.


Sept. 1, 1923 - Kwanto, Japan 143,000 8.3


Oct. 5, 1948 - Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, USSR 110,000 7.3


Dec. 28, 1908 - Messina, Italy 70,000-100,0003 7.5


Sept. 1290 - Chihli, China 100,000 n.a.


Nov. 1667 - Shemakha, Caucasia  80,000 n.a.


Nov. 18, 1727 - Tabriz, Iran  77,000 n.a.


Nov. 1, 1755 - Lisbon, Portugal  70,000 8.7


Dec. 25, 1932 - Gansu, China  70,000 7.6


May 31, 1970 - Peru  66,000 7.8


Jan. 11, 1693 - Sicily, Italy  60,000 n.a.


May 30, 1935 - Quetta, Pakistan  30,000- 60,000 7.5


Feb. 4, 1783 - Calabria, Italy   50,000 n.a.


June 20, 1990 - Iran 50,000 7.7

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