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Major Earthquakes in the World




Major Earthquakes of the World
Description:World Map is showing the date and location of Major Earthquakes all over the world since 1900. Disclaimer




Japan earthquake 2011



A series of earthquakes, followed by an 8.9-magnitude quake and a devastating tsunami caused much loss of life and property in Japan. Entire areas were laid to waste as the 10-feet-high tsunami waves washed over the area.
Following this, a tsunami warning was issued to as many as 50 countries lying in the line of influence of this earthquake. It could be disastrous for the small pacific islands, which could simply drown and get wiped off the map.
Earthquakes have occurred on earth's surface since times immemorial. Thousands and thousands of earthquakes happen every year; however, most of them go unnoticed as they are either to weak on the Richter scale or happen in remotest of the areas. Earthquakes almost always result in loss of life and property.

May 22, 1960 witnessed the world's strongest earthquake in Valdicvia, Chile. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 9.5 on Richter scale, caused 20,000 fatalities. World's second strongest earthquake occurred on December 26, 2004, with a magnitude of 9.3 on Richter scale. Ocean floor of west Sumatra and Indonesia were the epicenter of this earthquake that caused over 300,000 causalities. This earthquake caused the disastrous tsunami in the Indian Ocean also.

On March 27, 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska faced the world's third strongest earthquake. The earthquake measured 9.2 on Richter scale caused a great deal of damage in Anchorage. Kamchatka, 1952 having 9.0 magnitude, is the fourth strongest earthquake in the world. After this comes close the 2011 Japan earthquake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale.

The Major Earthquakes of the World map shows all the major earthquakes that have occurred in various parts of the world. Apart form depicting the places, i.e., the epicenters of the earthquake, the map also shows the year of its occurrences and its magnitude on the Richter scale.

Earthquakes have occurred on earth's surface since times immemorial. Thousands and thousands of earthquakes happen every year however, most of which go unnoticed as they are either to weak on the Richter scale or happen in remotest of the areas. Earthquakes cause disasters and cause both loss of lives and property.


May 22, 1960 witnessed the world's strongest earthquake in Valdicvia, Chile. The earthquake with a magnitude of 9.5 on Richter scale caused 20,000 fatalities. World's second strongest earthquake occurred on December 26, 2004 with a magnitude of 9.3 on Richter scale. Ocean floor of west Sumatra and Indonesia were the epicenter of this earthquake that caused over 300,000 causalities. This earthquake caused the disastrous tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

On March 27, 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska faced the world's third strongest earthquake. The earthquake measured 9.2 on Richter scale caused a great deal of damage in Anchorage. Kamchatka, 1952 having 9.0 magnitude and Off the Coast of Ecuador, 1906 having 8.8 magnitude, are the fourth and the fifth strongest earthquakes on the world till date.

Major Earthquakes of the World map shows all the major earthquakes that have occurred in various parts of the world. Apart form depicting the places i.e. the epicenters of the earthquake, the map also shows the year of its occurrences and its magnitude on the Richter scale.

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