The world’s strongest quakes for recent 40 years

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Earthquakes which strike without warning can kill thousands of people for a moment. Waves of violent shakes can destroy buildings, roads, and entire cities. 


The below list covers the world's 10 most deadly earthquakes since 1970. They are Haiti's magnitude-7.0 earthquake, 7.5 earthquake in China, 9 quake off the Indonesian island, 7.9 earthquake in Eastern China, 7.6 earthquake in Pakistan, 7.9 quake in Peru, 7.4 earthquake in Iran (1990), 6.5 earthquake in Iran (2003), 6.9 earthquake in Armenia, 7.8 earthquake in Iran, 7.5 earthquake in Guatemala.


The order of these quakes is based on numbers of death (source: US Geological Survey, WHO International Disaster Database).

Feb. 4, 1976: A magnitude-7.5 earthquake in Guatemala killed more than 23,000 and affected nearly 5 million.

Dec. 7, 1988: A magnitude-6.9 earthquake in Armenia killed at least 25,000 and affected more than 1.6 million.

Dec. 26, 2003: A magnitude-6.5 earthquake in Iran killed 27,000.

June 20, 1990: A magnitude-7.4 earthquake in Iran killed at least 40,000.

May 31, 1970: A magnitude-7.9 quake in Peru killed 67,000 and affected 3.2 million.

Oct. 8, 2005: A magnitude-7.6 earthquake in Pakistan killed 75,000 people.

May 12, 2008: A magnitude-7.9 earthquake in Eastern China killed 88,000 people and affected approximately 45 million people in 10 provinces.

Dec. 26, 2004: A magnitude-9 quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra killed 226,000 people in 12 countries

July 27, 1976: A magnitude-7.5 earthquake in China killed about 242,000 people

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This article was published on 2010/02/11
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