What were the worst earthquakes ever?
Worst Earthquakes Ever:
The most devastating loss of life in recent years was the 9.3 Sumatra Andaman earthquake (the third largest ever recorded) / tsunami in late 2004 that is now estimated to have claimed 275,000 lives. The tsunami was responsible for the bulk of the damage and casualties.
- The October 8, 2005 magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Pakistan killed more than 40,000
- The property damage caused by the 1995 Kobe earthquake, is now estimated at more than $150 billion.
- Within the US (excluding earthquake-prone Alaska), neither the LA Quake (1994) nor the great San Francisco event of 1906, were nearly as damaging.
- Friday, March 11, 2011 magnitude 8.9 or 9.0 in Japan.
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