Killer quaks of the past 100 years

15 February 2012 | 14:15 Code : 5996 Geoscience events
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Killer quakes of the past 100 yearsIRAN SCIENCE NEWS AGENCY, FROM AFPA huge earthquake measuring at least 7.6 on the Richter scale shook ...
Killer quakes of the past 100 yearsIRAN SCIENCE NEWS AGENCY, FROM AFPA huge earthquake measuring at least 7.6 on the Richter scale shook South Asia on Saturday, leaving at least 18,000 dead with the final toll feared to be many more. The following are 13 of the deadliest earthquakes worldwide over the last 100 years, with estimates of surface magnitude. The Richter scale of magnitude did not come into being until 1935: December 26, 2004 BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: More than 220,000 people were killed after an undersea earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra sparked a tsunami wave that struck countries around the Indian Ocean. Magnitude more than 9.0 December 26, 2003 Bam, Iran: At least 31,884 people die and 18,000 are injured. Magnitude 6.7 January 26, 2001 Gujarat, India: 25,000 people killed, 166,000 injured. Magnitude 6.7 June 20, 1990 Northwestern Iran: More than 40,000 killed and 100,000 injured. Magnitude July 28, 1976 Tangshan city in Hebei province, China: 242,000 dead and 164,000 injured. Magnitude 7.8 May 31, 1970 Mount Huascaran, Peru: Earthquake and subsequent avalanche killed 66,800. Magnitude 7.5 December 26, 1939 Erzincan, Turkey: 35-40,000 killed. Magnitude 8.0 May 30, 1935 Quetta, India (now Pakistan). More than 50,000 killed. Magnitude 7.6 May 23, 1927 Gansu province, China: Up to 80,000 thought to have died. Magnitude 8.0 May 22, 1927 Nanshan province, China: Up to 200,000 people may have been killed. Magnitude 8.0 September 1, 1923 Yokohama, Japan: More than 140,000 people died in earthquake and subsequent fire. Magnitude 8.2 December 16, 1920 Ningxia, China: About 235,000 reported killed. Magnitude 8.5 December 28, 1908 Messina, Italy: Earthquake and tidal wave killed at least 83,000. Some reports put the figure much higher. Magnitude 7.5

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