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List: Top Ten Deadliest Earthquakes in Modern History

Date: up to 2005

Source: US Geological Survey

Base: All earthquakes since 1900

Notes: The concept of 'deadliest' is here measured by the estimated number of total fatalities caused by both the earthquake itself and subsequent events, such as tsunamis, disease etc.

Date

Location

Fatalities (000)

Magnitude

1976

China - Tangshan

255

7.5

1927

China - Xining

205

n.a.

1920

China - Gansu

200

8.6

1923

Japan - Kwanto

145

n.a.

2004

Indonesia - Banda Aceh

140

8.9

1948

Turkmenistan

110

7.3

1908

Italy - Messina

85

7.2

1932

China - Gansu

70

7.6

1970

Peru

65

7.9

1935

Pakistan - Quetta

45

7.5


 
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