Saturday, March 12, 2011

Some Major Earthquakes Throughout History

Major earthquakes throughout history in pictures. Statistics from The Geological Society of London.

1906: USA (California, San Francisco). Richter scale: 7.8, Deaths: 3,000, Cost ($m): 524

1908: Italy (Messina). Richter scale: 7.5, Deaths: 25,926, Cost: ($m) 116

1923: Japan (Tokyo-Yokohama). Richter scale: 8.3, Deaths: 142,800, Cost ($m): 2,800

1936: Pakistan (Quetta). Richter scale: 7.5, Deaths: 35,000, Cost ($m): 25

1939: Chile (Concepcion). Richter scale: 8.3, Deaths: 28,000, Cost ($m): 100

1939: Turkey (Erzincan). Richter scale: 8.0, Deaths: 36,740, Cost ($m): 20

1960: Morocco (Agadir). Richter scale: 5.9, Deaths: 12,000, Cost ($m): 120

1970: Peru (Chimbote). Richter scale: 7.7, Deaths: 67,000, Cost ($m): 550

1976: China (Tangshan). Richter scale: 8.0, Deaths: 290,000, Cost ($m): 5,600

1976: Guatemala (Guatemala City). Richter scale: 7.5, Deaths: 22,084, Cost ($m): 1,100

1985: Mexico (Mexico City). Richter scale: 8.1, Deaths: 10,000, Cost ($m): 4,000

1988: Armenia (Spitak). Richter scale: 6.9, Deaths: 25,000 Cost ($m): 14,000

1989: USA (California, San Francisco). Richter Scale: 7.0, Deaths: 68, Cost ($m): 6,000

July 1990, Baguio City, Philippines. Deaths about 5000.

1995: Japan (Kobe). Richter scale: 7.2, Deaths: 6348, Cost ($m): 200,000

1999: Turkey (Kocaeli). Richter scale: 7.4, Deaths: 19,118, Cost ($m): 20,000

2004: Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Richter scale: 9.2, Deaths: 230,000

2008: Sichuan Province. Richter scale: 8.0, Deaths: 68,000, Cost ($m): 20,000

2010: Chile (Maule Region). Richter scale: 8.8, Deaths: 486

2011: Japan. Richter scale: 8.9