Earthquake Events in History



2014 Event - A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico about 80 miles to the northwest of Acapulco; only minor damage has been reported to date

2014 Event - Papua New Guinea is shaken by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake with an aftershock registering at 6.1 on the Richter scale; the quakes were centered off the island of Bougainville

2014 Event - An earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale strikes 58 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile; though larger than the 6.7 quake on March 16th, scientists expect an even stronger quake in this region in the future

2014 Event - Southern California is hit by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale; the quake originated about 22 miles southeast of Los Angeles near La Habra

2014 Event - An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale strikes approximately 40 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile

2014 Event - The coast of Puerto Rico is hit by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake

2013 Event - A 5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes 50 miles south southwest of Avsallar, Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea

2013 Event - Iran experiences a 5.6-magnitude earthquake 35 miles from the Bushehr nuclear plant, raising concerns over the risk of radioactive leaks in the event of a major earthquake; seven people die and 30 are injured

2013 Event - A report from Japan's Coast Guard and earthquake experts claims that a new islet has been created; a volcanic eruption raised the new island, which is located off the coast of Nishinoshima - a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, far south of Tokyo

2013 Event - An 7.3-magnitude earthquake off of Japan's east coast prompts the country's emergency agencies to issue a tsunami warning

2013 Event - Pakistan's Balochistan province experiences a 6.8-magnitude earthquake four days after the area was struck by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake that resulted in over 515 deaths

2013 Event - At least 328 people are killed in a 7.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Balochistan, Pakistan on the 24th of September

2013 Event - In southwestern China, at least four people are killed by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake

2013 Event - An area located off the coast of the Aleutian Islands records a magnitude 7.0 earthquake

2013 Event - A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Tibet; no injuries were reported

2013 Event - A 6.0-magnitude earthquake named Nantou, strikes near Taipei, Taiwan; one person is killed and 19 injured

2013 Event - A 6.2 earthquake occurs near the Philippine island of Mindanao, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries

2013 Event - A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes significant damage to villages along the coast of the Solomon Islands

2012 Event - The Baja peninsula in California handles a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries

2012 Event - The West coast of Washington state is hit by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake

2012 Event - New Zealand sustains a major earthquake, with minor damage reported

2012 Event - Ireland is struck by another earthquake off of the County Mayo coast

2012 Event - Northern Italy, near Bologna, experiences a 5.8-magnitude earthquake; at least 24 people are killed

2012 Event - Japan's car sales soar significantly after last year's earthquake and tsunami, coming in at a 92% rise year-over-year

2012 Event - A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes near the border of Mexico's states Guerrero and Oaxaca

2012 Event - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake causes a small tsunami to hit the coast of Aomori prefecture on the Japanese island of Hokkaido

2012 Event - In New Zealand's city of Christchurch, thousands of people commemorate the first anniversary of the earthquake where 185 people died last year

2011 Event - Mexico's state of Guerrero is hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake

2011 Event - The city of Van in eastern Turkey experiences a 7.2-magnitude earthquake; 100 people are killed

2011 Event - Japan's government announces they require a $157 billion additional budged to cover costs for recovering from the tsunami and earthquake in March 2011

2011 Event - A 5.8 magnitude earthquake and two lesser related quakes strike 32 miles south of Guatemala City, Guatemala, claiming 3 lives

2011 Event - A 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurs off the coast of Japan, setting off a series of aftershocks

2011 Event - A 5.8 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful since 1897, strikes near Mineral, Virginia, causing a shut down of a nearby nuclear reactor

2011 Event - New Zealand's City Council in Christchurch announce plans to rebuild their central business district after an earthquake devastated the area

2011 Event - Japan's Iwate prefecture experiences a 6.7 magnitude earthquake

2011 Event - Aftershocks from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving tens of thousands without power

2011 Event - The Tokyo Electric Power Company claims three Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors partially melted down during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

2011 Event - Japan's economy officially enters a recession, partially due to financial strain caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

2011 Event - The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami death toll now exceeds 15,000 with 9,000 still missing and 115,000 evacuees still living in shelters

2011 Event - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's southeastern island of Sulawesi

2011 Event - Shortages caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami cause Toyota to close several plants in Europe

2011 Event - One month after the Tohoku earthquake shook Japan, a 6.6 magnitude aftershock hit Japan, lasting nearly an hour

2011 Event - Japan's Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, visits areas devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

2011 Event - In Greece, Crete withstands a 6.2 magnitude earthquake

2011 Event - Newspapers report that Japan will issue over 10 trillion yen in emergency government bonds to help pay for their earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts

2011 Event - The Tokyo Stock Exchange falls more than five percent on the first day of trading following the 2011 Sendai earthquake

2011 Event - Japan estimates over 46,000 structures were damaged in the 9.0 magnitude earthquake

2011 Event - Following the earthquake and tsunami, Japan deploys 50,000 Self-Defense Forces personnel in search and rescue efforts

2011 Event - Sendai, a major 9.0 earthquake strikes offshore of Japan's Miyagi Prefecture; 10-meter high tsunami's are produced near its epicenter, reaching land through the Pacific ocean

2011 Event - Japan's Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant suffers a radiation leak after the earthquake; thousands of nearby residents are evacuated

2011 Event - A 7.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Honshu, Japan prompts the release of tsunami alert

2011 Event - New Zealand honors victims of the 2011 Canterbury earthquake with two minutes of silence; 154 persons died, and the death toll is expected to reach 240

2011 Event - Haiti commemorates the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake

2010 Event - Vanuatu experiences a 7.3 magnitude earthquake; a tsunami warning is issued for the region and later cancelled after a minor tsunami occurred

2010 Event - An 4.5 magnitude earthquake strikes offshore of Oleron, France; no casualties are reported

2010 Event - The 2010 Canterbury earthquake leads the town of Christchurch, New Zealand, to declare a curfew and state of emergency

2010 Event - A study suggests the 2010 Haiti Earthquake was caused by newly discovered fault line

2010 Event - A 5.8 magnitude earthquake is felt on Puerto Rico

2010 Event - No reports of damage or casualties are reported after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits central Japan

2010 Event - Taiwan is hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, twelve people are injured, communications and rail services are disrupted

2010 Event - A tsunami warning went into effect for Chile and Peru after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Conception, Chile

2010 Event - A 5.2 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan province, China, destroys at least 100 homes, injures 11 and kills one person

2010 Event - A week after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a 6.1 magnitude aftershock strikes Haiti

2010 Event - United States Navy troops land near the Haitian presidential palace, bringing food, water, and equipment to aid victims of the earthquake

2010 Event - A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, devastating its capital city, Port-au-Prince, an estimated 150,000 were killed and buried later in mass graves

2009 Event - Panic ensues when an earthquake strikes off the Bali coast in Indonesia, causing few injuries and little material damage

2009 Event - Nearly 300 people are killed and 1,500 injured near L'Aquila, Italy, after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes

2008 Event - 8.0 Earthquake in southwest China kills more than 69,000

2007 Event - 7.7 Earthquake in northern Chile

2007 Event - 8.0 Earthquake in Peru kills over 500 people, injures over 1,500

2007 Event - Earthquake in Japan damages nuclear power plan releasing 300 gallons of radioactive water

2007 Event - 8.1 earthquake triggers tsunami in the Solomon Islands

2006 Event - Java, Indonesia suffers a 6.3 magnitue earthquake, killing more than 6,000

2005 Event - Earthquake in Kashmir kills approximately 80,000 people

2005 Event - Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan suffers a 5.8 magnitude earthquake

2005 Event - Sumatran earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7, the second largest earthquake since 1965

2005 Event - Magnitude 7 earthquake strikes west of Kyushu Island, Japan

2004 Event - Earthquake, greatest in over 40 years, strikes the Pacific Ocean near Sumatra, triggering a massive Indian Ocean tsunami, killing as many as 266,000 in coastal regions of Asia and Africa

2003 Event - Earthquake kills more than 30,000 in Bam, Iran

2003 Event - Earthquake kills at least 2,266 in northern Algeria

2002 Event - Earthquake kills at least 260 in western Iran

2002 Event - Earthquake kills at least 1,000 100 miles north of Kabul, Afghanistan

2002 Event - Earthquake kills at least 150 100 miles north of Kabul, Afghanistan

2001 Event - Earthquake kills 20,000 in Bhuj, India

2001 Event - Earthquake and landslides kill 850 in El Salvador

1999 Event - Earthquake kills 700 in Duzce, Turkey

1999 Event - Earthquake kills 2,295 in central Taiwan

1999 Event - Earthquake kills 17,000 in northwest Turkey

1999 Event - Earthquake kills about 1,185 in Armenia, Colombia

1998 Event - Earthquake kills about 5,000 in northern Afghanistan

1998 Event - Earthquake kills about 2,300 in northern Afghanistan

1997 Event - Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45

1996 Event - Southern Mexico hit with 6.5 earthquake

1995 Event - Earthquake hits Russian town of Khabarovsk, killing 2,000 people

1995 Event - 6.5 earthquake hits Greece

1995 Event - 6.4 earthquake at Trujillo, Colombia (46+ killed)

1995 Event - 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe Japan killing 5,372 die

1995 Event - Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

1994 Event - 6.7-8.1 earthquake strikes Philippines, killing 45

1994 Event - 7.9 earthquake strikes Koerilen, flood kills 18+

1994 Event - 5.6 earthquake in Algeria, kills 171

1994 Event - 5.6 earthquake strikes South-Mexico

1994 Event - 7.8 earthquake strikes North Bolivia

1994 Event - 6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez Colombia, about 1000 killed

1994 Event - 5.9 earthquake/floods SE Java, 150+ killed

1994 Event - 6.5 earthquake strikes SE Sumatra, kills 200

1994 Event - 5.5 earthquake strikes Sumatra

1994 Event - 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage

1993 Event - 6.4 earthquake at Latur, India, 28,000 killed

1993 Event - 7.8 earthquake hits Hokkaido Japan, 160 killed

1993 Event - 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, 2 die

1992 Event - 6.8-7.5 earthquake strikes Flores Island (tsunami kills 3,000)

1992 Event - 6.6 earthquake hits Colombia with no fatalities

1992 Event - 5.8 earthquake at Cairo (at least 510 die)

1992 Event - Nicaragua struck by earthquake/floodings; 118 die

1992 Event - 6.6 earthquake in Big Bear Valley of Los Angeles

1992 Event - 6.0 earthquake in California

1992 Event - 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands

1992 Event - Earthquake rocks Germany

1992 Event - 570 die in a Turkish earthquake

1991 Event - 6.1-7.1 earthquake in Uttar Kashi, India, about 670 die

1991 Event - 6.0 earthquake hits southern California

1991 Event - Earthquake in Georgia, kills 100

1991 Event - Earthquake strikes Costa Rica and Panama, kills 95

1991 Event - Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die

1990 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes Sicily, 18 die

1990 Event - 30 die in a (5.7) earthquake in Algeria

1990 Event - 400 die in a, 7.7, earthquake in Philippines

1990 Event - 50,000 die in a 7.6 earthquake in Iran

1990 Event - 135 die in a (6.4) earthquake in Peru

1990 Event - Earthquake hit Peru, killing 135

1990 Event - An earthquake hit Peru, killing 56

1990 Event - 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China

1989 Event - Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die

1989 Event - Oakland A's sweep San Francisco Giants in earthquake/BART series

1989 Event - After a weeks delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played

1989 Event - Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in San Francisco earthquake

1989 Event - Earthquake in San Francisco (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67

1988 Event - 6.9 earthquake in Armenia, Spitak destroyed, 60,000 killed

1988 Event - Armenian SSR rocked by earthquake, 8 on Richter scale (55,000 die)

1988 Event - Earthquake in Armenia (>25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)

1988 Event - Widespread earthquake hits NE U.S., Canada; no damage reported

1988 Event - China confirms earthquake death toll will rise above current 938

1988 Event - 900 die as earthquake hits China

1988 Event - 6.5 earthquake strikes India/Nepal, 1,000s killed

1987 Event - 6 killed by an earthquake measuring 6.1 in LA

1987 Event - 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100

1986 Event - 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador

1985 Event - Earthquake strikes Mexico, 2,000 killed

1985 Event - 12,000 die and 40,000 injured in Mexico's earthquake (8.1)

1983 Event - 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California

1983 Event - Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people

1982 Event - Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die

1982 Event - 5.9 earthquake in New England and Canada; 1st since 1855

1978 Event - 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar Iran

1977 Event - Earthquake in Romania, kills 1,541

1977 Event - Earthquake in San Francisco, at 5.0, strongest since 1966

1976 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes China, 1,000s die

1976 Event - An earthquake and tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000

1976 Event - 242,000 die in Tientsin-Tangshan (China) 8.2 earthquake

1976 Event - 8.2 and 7.4 earthquake devastate Tangsha, China (240-750,000 die)

1976 Event - 8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000 Chinese

1976 Event - Earthquake in Uzbekistan: 1000's killed

1976 Event - 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala and Honduras

1975 Event - Earthquake in Pakistan, 4,000 die

1975 Event - Heavy earthquake at Lice Turkey; 3,000 killed

1974 Event - 6.3 earthquake strikes Pakistan: 5200 killed

1972 Event - 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die

1972 Event - 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed

1972 Event - 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars

1970 Event - At 03:23 PM, Yungay Peru levelled by 7.75 earthquake (50-70,000 die)

1968 Event - Earthquake destroys Ferdows Persia, 2,000 killed

1968 Event - Earthquake kills 47 in Japan

1967 Event - 6.5 earthquake in West India, 170 killed

1967 Event - 6.5 earthquake of Kolya Dam India, kills 200

1967 Event - Earthquake in Sicily kills 231

1966 Event - Earthquake strikes Varko Turkey: 2,400 killed

1965 Event - Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die

1964 Event - 9.2 earthquake shakes Prince William Sound, Alaska

1964 Event - Earthquake strikes Alaska, 8.4 on Richter scale, 118 die

1963 Event - Skopje, Yugoslavia, destroyed by earthquake, kills 1,000+

1962 Event - 12,000 die in an earthquake in western Iran

1960 Event - Earthquake in NE Belgium

1960 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed

1960 Event - Earthquake at Havre, Belgium

1960 Event - Earthquake kills 1/3 of Agadir Morocco population (12,000) in 15 sec

1957 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia

1957 Event - 8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska

1956 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed

1954 Event - Earthquake strikes Orleansville, Algeria: 1,400 killed

1954 Event - Earthquake and tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed

1953 Event - Earthquake/tsnunami strike Honshu Japan

1953 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes Isotope islands, 435 killed

1953 Event - Earthquake strikes West Turkey, 250 die

1952 Event - Earthquake and flood strike Kamshatka-South America

1952 Event - 7.8 earthquake shakes Kern County California, 14 killed

1951 Event - Earthquake hits Formosa, 100 killed

1951 Event - Earthquake at Euskirchen, Germany

1950 Event - 8.6 earthquake in India kills 20,000 to 30,000

1949 Event - 6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6000 die

1946 Event - Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086

1945 Birthday - Victoria Principal, Fukuoka Japan, actress, Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas

1942 Birthday - Richard Roundtree, actor, Shaft, Earthquake

1941 Event - Earthquake hits Palestine

1939 Event - Earthquake in Turkey, about 50,000 die

1939 Event - Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey

1939 Event - Earthquake hits Chillan Chile, 10,000 killed

1939 Event - 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile

1938 Event - 8.3 earthquake shakes East of Shumagin Islands, Alaska

1938 Event - Earthquake in Belgium

1934 Event - 8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 die

1933 Event - Major earthquake in Long Beach, California

1933 Event - Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan

1932 Event - Earthquake kills 70,000 in Kansu China

1932 Event - Heavy earthquake ravages Kansu China, 70,000 killed

1932 Event - Earthquake at Uden Netherlands

1931 Event - Earthquake devastate Managua Nicaragua, kills 2,000

1930 Event - 690 earthquake shocks recorded in 1 day (Ito Japan)

1930 Event - Earthquake strikes Ariano Italy, 1,500 killed

1927 Event - Earthquake hits Palestine

1927 Event - 8.3 earthquake strikes Nan-Shan China, 200,000 killed

1927 Event - Earthquake measuring 8 on Richter scale strikes Tango, Japan

1924 Event - Kenchoji Rinzai temple in Kamakur Japan, heavily damaged by earthquake

1923 Event - 7.9 earthquake strikes Tokyo and Yokohama, kills 142,000

1921 Birthday - Mario Puzo, born in New York City, novelist, Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake

1920 Event - 8.6 earthquake destroys 15,000 miles (Kansu China); Over 180,000 die

1915 Event - 7.8 earthquake shakes Pleasant Valley Nevada

1915 Event - Earthquake in Avezzano Italy kills 29,800

1908 Event - Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy; 80,000 die

1908 Event - Messina, Italy struck by an earthquake (nearly 80,000 died)

1906 Event - 8.6 earthquake destroys Valparaiso Chile, fire kills 20,000

1906 Event - 8.25 earthquake shakes San Francisco California

1906 Event - San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 and destroys 75% of city

1906 Event - Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter

1905 Event - Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000

1902 Event - Santa Maria Guatemala hit by Earthquake; about 6,000 die

1902 Event - Earthquake destroys Turkish city of Tochangri

1900 Event - 8.3 earthquake shakes Cape Yakataga, Alaska

1899 Event - 8.3 earthquake shakes Yakutat Bay, Alaska

1887 Event - French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die

1886 Event - 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern U.S., at Charleston SC, 110 die

1876 Event - Tsunami's after earthquake floods NE coast of Japan, kills 28,000

1872 Event - 7.8 earthquake shakes Owens Valley, California

1868 Event - Severe earthquake at 7:53 AM, centered in Hayward, California

1865 Event - Earthquake in Santa Cruz Mountains

1857 Event - Earthquake in Naples, Italy

1857 Event - Earthquake hits Tokyo; about 107,000 die

1857 Event - 7.9 earthquake shakes Fort Tejon California

1854 Event - San Salvador destroyed by earthquake

1839 Event - Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal-700 die

1837 Event - Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands

1835 Event - Concepcion, Chile destroyed by earthquake; 5,000 die

1828 Event - 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo Japan, 30,000 killed

1822 Event - Antioch Syria, hit by Earthquake; about 20,000 die

1812 Event - Earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela

1812 Event - Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas; about 20,000 die

1812 Event - U.S. passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)

1812 Event - 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

1812 Event - 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

1811 Event - 8.0 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

1811 Event - Earthquake hits New Madrid, Missouri

1811 Event - Earthquake in Missouri caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards

1805 Event - Naples/Calabria struck by Earthquake; about 26,000 die

1797 Event - Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 41,000

1759 Event - Earthquake in Safed Palestine kills hundred

1755 Event - Lisbon earthquake kills more than 50,000

1750 Event - Minor earthquake in London

1746 Event - Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao demolished by earthquake, 18,000 die

1737 Event - Earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys of Calcutta India

1731 Event - Beijing hit by Earthquake; about 100,000 die

1727 Event - Severe earthquake in New England

1703 Event - Tokyo hit by Earthquake; about 37,000 die

1692 Event - Earthquake in Porte Royale, Jamaica, kills 3,000

1689 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes Innsbruck

1663 Event - Earthquake in Canada

1663 Event - Great earthquake in New England

1651 Event - Great earthquake at Cuzco Peru

1643 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago, Chile; kills 1/3 of population

1638 Event - 1st earthquake recorded in U.S., at Plymouth, Mass

1626 Event - Earthquake hits Naples; 10,000 die

1624 Event - Earthquake strikes Peru

1556 Event - Heavy earthquake strikes Shaaxi China, kills 830,000

1556 Event - Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China

1531 Event - Earthquake in Lisbon Spain, kills 20,000-30,000

1531 Event - Lisbon hit by Earthquake; about 30,000 die

1456 Event - Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die

1348 Event - Earthquake destroys Villach, killing 5,000

1293 Event - Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed

1290 Event - Earthquake in Gulf of Chili China, reportedly kills 100,000

526 Event - Antioch struck by Earthquake; about 250,000 die

526 Event - Earthquake kills 250,000 in Antioch, Syria

365 Event - Alexandria hit by Earthquake; about 50,000 die













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